Today’s teenagers don’t seem to care much about hitting the open road, scoring a six-pack with a fake ID, or asking their peers out on dates.
Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. That leaves women reliant on male relatives or paid services to get to stores, school, and (increasingly) work. So when Uber launched in Riyadh in early 2014, its impact went beyond the general convenience of tech-enhanced ride hailing. The company has made a real difference in Saudi women’s mobility.
Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 0.3 mile stretch of highway in the Netherlands.
More than eight in ten people still drive to work.
It’s been said a thousand times, but we’ll say it again: Driving is in decline.
Americans began taking their foot off the gas pedal well before the recession.
Energy an urban-planning nerds have been pondering a very interesting question these days – has the U.S. passed peak car? Ever since the recession, Americans have been driving less, getting fewer licenses, and using less gas. But is that just the work of the recession, or something more permanent?
Texting behind the wheel is much more dangerous than driving drunk because of the frequency in which teenagers send texts verses how often they drink.
A new study has found that texting while driving has now replaced drunk driving as the number one cause of teenage deaths on the road in the U.S.
Forty-nine percent of adults surveyed said they text and drive.
Hyper-connected teens have been the target of many of the campaigns to stop texting and driving, but a new survey from AT&T shows adults are more likely to be driving distracted.
Young people are also making more use of transit, bikes, and foot power to get around.
“Unfortunately for car companies, today’s teens and twenty-somethings don’t seem all that interested in buying a set of wheels. They’re not even particularly keen on driving, ” Jordan Weissmann noted at TheAtlantic.com a couple weeks back.
Texting while driving increases.
Texting by drivers keeps increasing despite all the criticism and new legal bans. Texting and driving is increasing mostly among younger motorists.
Sensors in the steering wheel monitor the driver’s vital signs while driving.
Working in collaboration with BMW, researchers from Germany’s Technische Universitaet Muenchen have extended the function of the humble steering wheel with the development of a sensor system integrated into the steering wheel that can give the driver a quick health check while driving.
Vehicle platoons (aka “road trains”) will allow software-equipped cars to automatically follow a professional driver in a “lead car”.
There will be platoons of vehicles lead by a professional driver that will let you take your eyes off the road and save fuel before cars are driven fully by computers. By 2020 they will be on the road in Europe. (video)
36.9 million Americans would fail a driving test if taken today.
More than one in five Americans — some 36.9 million — are not fit to drive and would fail a driving test if asked to take one today, according to a new survey of the nation’s drivers.