How the cities of Oslo and Helsinki cut pedestrian deaths to zero

Several major cities in the USA, such as New York, are laudably working towards the same immensely important target, known as ‘Vision Zero’.

A three-section pedestrian crossing in Oslo, Norway.
This 3-stage pedestrian crossing in Oslo goes over four lanes of traffic and tram lines, plus a bus lane, and has two safety islands to break it all up into manageable sections. (Copyright image, 2019. All rights reserved.)

Continue reading “How the cities of Oslo and Helsinki cut pedestrian deaths to zero”

NTSB Report into the 2019 fatal collision of a Tesla Model 3 car with a semi-tractor trailer, FL

Highway Accident Brief 20/01 details the NTSB’s investigation of the collision of a 2018 Tesla Model 3 car with a 2019 International semi-tractor trailer on U.S. Highway 441 in Delray Beach, in which the 50-year-old driver of the car died. The 45-year-old truck driver was uninjured.

The scene in daylight. (Photo added by Road safety USA.)

Continue reading “NTSB Report into the 2019 fatal collision of a Tesla Model 3 car with a semi-tractor trailer, FL”

How to stay safe from the Corona Virus when travelling by car – important info’

Even now, just a few weeks into the Covid-19 corona virus assault on the USA, we know that the critical factor in trying to avoid this deadly illness is to avoid contact with other people.  But even travelling by car isn’t entirely safe so what can we all do to improve the situation?

Photo: Skoda

Continue reading “How to stay safe from the Corona Virus when travelling by car – important info’”

Automated systems need stronger safeguards to keep drivers focused on the road

March 14, 2020

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety [IIHS] has issued a set of research-based safety recommendations on the design of partially automated driving systems. The guidelines emphasize how to keep drivers focused on the road even as the vehicle does more of the work.

Several Level 2 systems, such as the one in this Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, can already execute lane changes automatically, but IIHS researchers recommend against enabling that feature.

Continue reading “Automated systems need stronger safeguards to keep drivers focused on the road”