National crash rate for conventional vehicles higher than crash rate of self-driving cars, report shows

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 8, 2016 – A new report, “Automated Vehicle Crash Rate Comparison Using Naturalistic Data,” performed by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and commissioned by Google, shows that the crash rates for self-driving cars are lower than the national crash rate of conventional cars.

In this first-of-its-kind study, published today on the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute website, results show that when data is adjusted for unreported crashes and take into account accident severity, the national crash rate for conventional vehicles is higher than the crash rate of self-driving cars. Continue reading

The forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of “jaywalking”

100 years ago, if you were a pedestrian, crossing the street was simple: you walked across it.

Today, if there’s traffic in the area and you want to follow the law, you need to find a crosswalk. And if there’s a traffic light, you need to wait for it to change to green. Continue reading

New York City once had the best bike path in the world

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Netherlands schmetherlands, the country with the best riding conditions for cyclists used to be America. Difficult to imagine, but in the 1890s a number of American cities could boast the world’s best bicycle-infrastructure. Part paid for by pushy, influential cyclists, the bike paths in cities such as Seattle, Portland, and even Los Angeles, were far in advance of any that could be found anywhere else in the world at the time. (The first bike path in the Netherlands was built in 1885 in Utrecht, partly at the instigation of an English cyclist, but it was more of an athletic track for high wheel riders rather than a functional bike path. The first utility cycling path in the Netherlands was built in 1896. The first bike path in Copenhagen was 1892, claims this article. Continue reading

Чому я негативно ставлюся до велосипедних змагань

Соревнования, вопреки активно распространяемому мнению, не имеют ничего общего с пропагандированием здорового образа жизни, это прежде всего рекламная акция с целью увеличить продажи спонсоров. Continue reading

7 ІНОЗЕМНИХ ВЕЛОСИПЕДНИХ ТРЕНДІВ, ЯКІ ПОВИННІ БУТИ ПОВЕРНУТІ НАЗАД

Звичайно, всі ми розуміємо, світ на стоїть на місці: деякі речі зникають з нашого життя, в той час, як нові тенденції стають нормою. Але це не завжди так. Іноді зовсім гарні та практичні ідеї залишаються на узбіччі історії. Ось 7 минулих трендів, про які потрібно згадати та подарувати їм друге життя. Continue reading