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September 19, 2017
Safety Tip: Avoiding a Rear-End Crash

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers advice on how to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and decrease the chances of being involved in a rear-end crash.


<p><em>Photo of flooded vehicles in Houston by the Texas Air National Guard.</em></p> Salvage Auctions Estimate Volume of Hurricane-Damaged Vehicles

While the effect that Hurricane Irma had on Insurance Auto Auction's and Copart's operations in Florida was relatively mild, Houston was a different story.



<p><em>Photo of self-driving car courtesy of Waymo.</em></p> Trump Administration Streamlines Self-Driving Guidelines

The new federal guidance is designed to ease regulatory processes to encourage more innovation from manufacturers.


<p><strong>Joshua Brown's Tesla sedan, after the crash with a truck that took his life</strong>.&nbsp;<em>Photo: NTSB/Florida Highway Patrol</em></p> NTSB Faults Trucker and Motorist in Fatal Tesla Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that a truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s “inattention due to over-reliance on vehicle automation” are the probable cause of the May 7, 2016, collision of a tractor-trailer and a Tesla S sedan operating in autonomous mode.


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Study Maps Distracted Driving Risk Near Schools

New research from Zendrive identifies which counties in the nation have the highest and lowest occurence of distracted driving in school zones. Video courtesy of CBS This Morning. To learn how your county or your kid's school fared in the distracted driving study, click here to access an interactive map.


<p>A pedestrian crosses the street in front of what appears to be a driverless van -- but isn't. <em>Photo courtesy of Ford.</em></p> How Driverless Cars Will Signal Their Next Move

Ford teams with Virginia Tech on a research project investigating how driverless vehicles can best communicate with other road users, including pedestrians.



<p><em>David Harkey speaks at an IIHS event&nbsp;in August. Photo courtesy of IIHS.</em></p> IIHS, HLDI Name New President

David Harkey will assume the role of president of the two safety research groups in January, succeeding Adrian Lund.


<p><em>The vehicle wrap on a Groove Auto fleet vehicle reminds&nbsp;motorists to watch for motorcyclists. Photo courtesy of&nbsp;the Colorado Department of Transportation.</em></p> Colo. Safety Campaign Raises Motorcycle Awareness

The Colorado Department of Transportation partners with a Denver car dealership to remind motorists to keep an eye out for motorcycles.



<p><em>Image&nbsp;of the self-driving Audi Aicon concept car courtesy of Audi.</em></p> Audi Showcases Automated Driving, AI Progress

The automaker touts its artificial intelligence technology while displaying the new Audi A8 and two concept autonomous cars -- Elaine and Aicon -- at the International Motor Show in Germany.  


<p><em>Photo courtesy of LifeSaver.</em></p> Insurer Offers Fleets LifeSaver Distracted Driving Product

Cincinnati Insurance has begun offering LifeSaver's distracted driving software system that includes a dashboard and mobile app for drivers.



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