What Does the Famous Arizona Uber Crash Mean for the Future of Self-Driving Cars?

While the technology of self-driving cars is still being worked out,  more self-driving cars are out on the road. But we’re supposed to be reassured by a safety failsafe—a human “safety driver” tasked with intervening, if the tech fails. However, as a recent March 18, 2018, fatal accident—where a pedestrian was struck and killed by an Uber self-driving car in Tempe, Arizona—has shown, both these fallbacks, tech and human, may not be enough to prevent accidents.

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How Overheating and Dehydration Increase Your Risk of a Car Accident

No one wants a car that overheats. But it turns out that we should be just as concerned about an overheated driver. Studies have shown that both overheating and dehydration can seriously affect one’s ability to drive. So while a nice drive on a warm summer’s day may sound lovely, there are some important things every driver should know before getting behind the wheel.

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The Most Dangerous Roads In America — By the Numbers

Dangerous Roads In America

In 2016, 40,200 people—the equivalent of 1.25 per 100 million vehicle miles—died in motor vehicle crashes. Heavy traffic, distracted driving, excessive speed, impaired drivers, unsafe driving and road conditions are common causes for accidents. To stay safe, pay attention and use caution whether you’re commuting to work, running errands or on a cross-country road adventure. And since awareness is a key to accident prevention, before you head out on your next trip, discover the most dangerous roads in America.

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Could These Wristbands (And Similar Technology) Make Truckers And Drivers Safer?

In 29 states, trucking topped the list of the most common jobs in 2014. While popular, the job exposes truckers to risks like congestion, poor weather conditions and other health challenges. New technology may address these risks and improve the safety of everyone on the road. Continue reading “Could These Wristbands (And Similar Technology) Make Truckers And Drivers Safer?”

What the Science Says About Eyewitness Memory After a Car Accident

Eyewitness testimony provides powerful, convincing evidence that some action happened.

Or at least it should, in theory. After all, if you see something with your own eyes, you can be pretty sure that your perceptions match reality. But perhaps surprisingly, eyewitness memories—even ones recorded shortly after an event—are often flawed. People who provide misinformation after the fact can manipulate our memories without us even realizing it. Skillful use of wording or photos when questioning an eyewitness about a car accident can corrupt our memories and replace them with something else that is to the questioner’s advantage. Our eyes—and our minds—often betray us without our permission or even conscious knowledge! Continue reading “What the Science Says About Eyewitness Memory After a Car Accident”