For the first time ever, the Institute has chosen 10 cars, all 2006 models, that win Top Safety Pick awards. The awards recognize car designs that afford the best protection for people in front, side, and rear crashes, based on performance in Institute tests. The winning vehicles were chosen from among current models of small, midsize, and large cars plus minivans. Read more . . .
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 6,000 teen drivers are killed annually as a result of motor vehicle crashes, and more than half of those fatalities involved a vehicle rollover. As if that is not bad enough, last year more than 325,000 teens were injured in vehicle crashes.
While many have heard these startling statistics, what most Americans have yet to grasp is that safety technology available today can help drivers prevent a large number of those injuries and deaths from occurring. It’s called Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and Read more . . .
For decades “black box” data recordershave been helping investigators sort out causes of deadly airplane crashes. Now that same kind of technology will be available in automobiles. The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body, has created the first universal standard for motor vehicle event data recorders (MVEDR) after more than a decade of research and development. Read more . . .
What do consumers want in a vehicle? A lot of people think they know, but Autobytel, one of the most popular new-car buying and research destinations on the Web, decided to ask the question of its millions of monthly car-shopping visitors. Specifically, consumers were requested to review some of the most highly anticipated year-end vehicle debuts and to provide their feedback on what directions they think automakers should take (and which strategies they might want to reconsider) in 2004. Here’s what today’s in-market auto shoppers have to say about current model trends and what they’d do differently moving forward: Read more . . .
It used to be thatyou asked for directions by telephone before you started your journey. Now people are using new technology to get directions while en route. Mobile telephone provider Verizon has begun offering third-party navigation and traffic information software on its GPS-enabled phones, which could make it difficult for consumers to justify the expense of a dedicated navigation system in their cars Read more . . .