IIHS begins evaluating how effectively cars automatically brake for pedestrians

22 Feb
IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection testThe BMW X1 didn't even appear to slow down as it barreled toward a dummy on the IIHS' test track in Virginia. With a pop, the small crossover SUV plowed into the dummy, launching it into the air. Nine of 11 crossover SUVs tested by the IIHS had no problem automatically applying the brakes in enough time to avoid impact with pedestrians, the...

Florida ranked most dangerous state for pedestrians

1 Feb
Pedestrian walkingPedestrians walking in populous areas of Florida are more likely to be struck and killed by a vehicle than in any other state. A new study found Florida is the most dangerous place for walking in the U.S., with several Sunshine State cities ranked in the top 20 areas for pedestrian deaths. The study was released earlier this month by Smart Growth...

Scientific study examines morality of self-driving car maneuvers involving pedestrians

11 Oct
Full Auto Brake with Pedestrian Detection  -  2011 Volvo S60It’s a question asked many times by philosophy professors, autonomous car engineers, and even the former hosts of Top Gear: if a self-driving car is barrelling towards a pedestrian in the road and has the option to swerve and put other pedestrians in danger, which alternative should it choose? The results of a study released Tuesday show...

Nissan will let its future electric cars sing with ‘Canto’

31 Oct
Nissan IMx concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor ShowSome consumers may enjoy the fact electric cars operate in near silence, but Nissan wants to keep pedestrians safe by giving its future electric vehicles a sound. In fact, it's more of a song. Nissan revealed "Canto," the official sound (song?) of future Nissan electric cars at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show alongside the IMx electric SUV concept. The...

Waymo patent would make cars safer by making them softer

16 Aug
Waymo self-driving car prototypePedestrians are in trouble. Between 2015 and 2016, the U.S. saw an 11 percent uptick in pedestrian deaths, and there's no sign that the trend is changing course. What's an automaker to do? If you're Ford, you design cars to do a better job of detecting pedestrians. If you're Waymo (which isn't necessarily an automaker...yet), you design cars that...

Hate distracted pedestrians? Consider moving to Honolulu

3 Aug
Distracted pedestrian, walking and textingMobile phones are great, aren't they? Twenty years ago, who could have imagined the joys of getting stuck in a group text with a dozen family members, including three or four retirees who have nothing better to do than send out barrages of LOLs and misused emojis? Who dared to envision the excitement that would come with instant notifications from...