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Driving Barista: Preventing Distracted Driving by “Bribing” Drivers with Coffee

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Distracted driving remains an enormous traffic safety issue, being involved in thousands of crashes every year- no surprise there.  What is new is a novel way of preventing distracted driving, using an app that monitors one’s driving. Using cell phones’ on-board gyro-sensors, the system measures the amount of time the phone remains face-down while the…

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U.S. Drivers Waste $2.1 Billion Annually on Premium Gasoline

Premium Gasoline

American drivers wasted more than $2.1 billion dollars in the last year by using premium gasoline in vehicles designed to run on regular fuel, according to a new study by AAA.  With 16.5 million U.S. drivers having used premium fuel despite the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation in the last 12 months, AAA conducted a comprehensive fuel…

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Drivers to Get Live Traffic Updates from Buses Just Ahead

London Bus Traffic Updates

Today’s phone-based navigation systems provide a wealth of live traffic information to drivers.  However, they still require drivers to take their eyes off the road and physically look at the phone, with predictable results- many rear-end crashes.  (You’ve likely heard that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chance of…

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Foundation Releases Follow Up to Naturalistic Teen Driving Study

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The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and researchers at the University of Iowa conducted this naturalistic study of teen drivers ages 16 – 19 involved in vehicle crashes between August 2013 and April 2015. There were 538 crashes documented during this time, supplementing the original report’s 1,691 teen driver crashes. The original study found that distraction was…

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