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NHTSA to revise regulations for self-driving vehicles

Residents of North Carolina may be interested to know that there is a push to revise current auto safety standards that apply to self-driving vehicles. In September, the U.S. House passed a measure that would exempt automakers deploying up to 80,000 self-driving vehicles in the next three years from having to meet all safety standards. A U.S. Senate committee unanimously gave the go-ahead to a bill in early October to further speed up the process. It has found support with General Motors Company, Ford Motor Company and Alphabet Inc.

9-year high in car crash fatalities

North Carolina residents aren't the only ones reeling from deadly car crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 37,461 traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2016. This marks a nine-year high, with only 2007 surpassing the total with 41,259 deaths.

Introduction of autonomous vehicles may be slow

North Carolina motorists may have heard a great deal from industry leaders like Google and Tesla about the development of autonomous vehicles. Early predictions about their adoption have been optimistic. For example, in 2014, one analyst with Morgan Stanley predicted there would be fully autonomous vehicles on highways by 2019. A former Uber CEO said that by 2030 its fleet would be fully autonomous. Multiple car manufacturers said autonomous vehicles would be for sale by the end of the decade.

Developers say device will help prevent drowsy driving

North Carolina drivers who experience fatigue while behind the wheel may be able to purchase a device that is supposed to detect and wake up drowsy motorists. The product is worn on the wrist and measures heart rate and sweat to determine when a person is falling asleep.

The link between speed limits and roadway deaths

North Carolina residents may be interested to know that according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 33,000 deaths attributable to higher speed limits in the past 20 years. However, that number may be higher. In 2013, there were 1,900 deaths attributed to higher speed limits, which was roughly the same number of lives saved by driver and passenger frontal airbags.

A stronger economy means higher road fatalities

North Carolina residents are probably aware that the economy has been on the upswing, but what they may not know is that economic improvement is linked to more driver deaths. When an economy is healthier, there are more drivers on the road more often. The more a driver is on the road, the higher the risk of being in an accident.

Tesla Model S fails IIHS crash test

North Carolina residents looking to purchase a new car may be interested to learn that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave three vehicles the highest rating for crash worthiness. However, three other vehicles that were also tested by the IIHS failed a major test. One of these vehicles was the Tesla Model S.

Driverless cars may take awhile

Many North Carolina motorists are likely aware of the development of driverless cars. Once operational, the cars may make the roads safer by eliminating the risks caused by negligent, impaired or reckless drivers. In addition, individuals with disabilities or who are otherwise unable to drive would have significantly more mobility.

Road rage poses a growing threat to driver safety

Anger and aggression can be dangerous on the North Carolina roadways, and the problem may be growing. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that almost 80 percent of drivers had expressed serious aggression, anger or road rage while driving in the past year. Road rage can lead to car accidents that put people in other vehicles at risk.

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