Motoring Accident News
Does ‘driving’ a driverless car really mean you can take your eyes off the road, or will passengers still need to keep an eye out for potential hazards? In which case, what’s the point of a driverless car in the first place?
Steven Swinford, The Telegraph, reports:
Driving whilst using a mobile phone is illegal, it’s a major cause of distraction and this makes it dangerous to both yourself and other road users. Recently, a man has taken this to a whole other level, by eating his breakfast cereal at the wheel!
RAC news reports:
The AA has released a short film to highlight the dangers of texting and driving. At over 11 minutes long it’s a longer than normal campaign, but certainly powerful.
The punishment for using your mobile phone whilst driving is set to dramatically increase if it causes an accident resulting in death.
Just when you think drink-driving is of the most dangerous activities you can do behind the wheel; we’re introduced to the growing problem of drug-driving. Research has shown those convicted of drink-driving are more likely to risk drug-driving, prompting a new scheme to try and tackle it.
Two self-driving cars from different companies have been involved in a close call on the roads of California, US. This raises the question of their safety, practicality and ability to self-correct if necessary.
We often think of winter as the time when we should take the greatest care on the roads, with snow, ice and other dangers to contend with. But summer comes with its own reasons to be cautious.
What Causes Summer Breakdowns?
On May 28th a four lorry pile up occurred on the A14 between Histon and Girton. The accident was captured on the mobile phone cameras of passing drivers, and 15 of them are to be prosecuted.
Takata, the Japanese airbag maker, has revealed that over 34 million cars have defective airbags installed; causing safety concerns, and the biggest recall in US automotive history. Regulators have said that Takata have still not found the cause of the defected airbags.
Over 70% of motorists would not trust driverless cars, a recent survey has found.
The poll asked drivers if they would trust a driverless car that doesn’t have any passengers inside, and 72% claimed they wouldn’t trust driverless cars under any circumstances.