Millennials in New York might be less safe on the road than drivers in other age groups. Almost 90 percent of millennial drivers admitted to driving dangerously, according to a survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. For example, almost twice as many millennials confessed to texting or sending emails while behind the wheel compared to other age groups.
Smart cars that apply the brakes to avoid imminent collisions, steer away from trouble and detect oncoming traffic could soon allow older drivers to travel safer. Many New York motorists know that some vehicles are already being equipped with safety technology, but these are mainly features of expensive models. With additional revolutionary tech expected in just a few years, some of these safety features are anticipated to become standard in all vehicles soon, which may make them more accessible to everyone.
A high-speed crash on a major New York highway claimed the lives of three people and left as many as 11 others injured during the early morning hours of Aug. 31. The multi-vehicle accident took place on the eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway in Queens at approximately 4:20 a.m. Police diverted eastbound traffic for more than four hours as paramedics, firefighters and accident investigators went about their work, and delays soon stretched from Maurice Avenue to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
Statistics recorded in New York state and across America have shown that, though car death rates are decreasing, America still has more car crashes deaths per capita than 19 other wealthy countries. Of the 20 countries surveyed, all had a car accident fatality rate that was decreasing more quickly than America's.
In the future, people in New York who own self-driving cars may have different auto insurance plans than the ones that exist today. The technology companies that are developing these cars say that they will be much safer than cars driven by humans, but the insurance industry is unlikely to go away. Instead, it may change just as self-driving cars may change other industries.
By 2022, New York car buyers should be able to purchase one with an automatic braking system installed. This is the result of an agreement entered into by manufacturers of nearly all light vehicles sold in the United States and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to have such technology be standard equipment. One former administrator of the NHTSA says that the agreement is unsatisfactory and there should be legally binding rules in place instead, but the current administrator says that those rules would take eight years or longer to implement.
The concern about liability with a driverless car might cause many New York residents to question whether the nation is ready for this technology to be expanded. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has taken an important step related to this concern, making the decision that software can be viewed as a driver in an autonomous vehicle. Google requested this interpretation when its self-driving car division made a proposal in Nov. 2016. A letter of response received by Google in Feb. 2016 supports this classification, which opens the door for further development to proceed.
After tracking traffic-related serious injuries and fatalities in its vehicles for many years in New York and throughout the world, Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo is making a bold promise: It will release a "death-proof" vehicle by the year 2020. This announcement comes on the heels of increased safety measures in a number of other vehicles on the market.
Safely navigating New York highways can sometimes be difficult for motorists, but self-driving cars attempt to do it by mechanical means alone. These new vehicles have no drivers, which makes them a challenge both for humans who must learn to share the roads with these robots and authorities who must learn how the law applies to cars without drivers.
Traffic signals are intended to safely control the flow of traffic through an intersection. Go through a red light and a police officer will probably pull you over and issue you a traffic ticket. The use of red light cameras in communities in New York to enforce red light violations has come under fire as increasing the chances of getting into a car accident.