On March 17, several car manufacturers agreed that nearly all of their vehicles will have automatic emergency braking systems as of September 2022. California drivers may not be aware that, in September 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced an agreement with 10 car makers to add this technology as a crash prevention measure.
Officers with the California Highway Patrol reported that a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a vehicle happened on Highway 18 near Panorama Point. The accident reportedly happened just before 11:30 a.m. on March 4.
Google has been one of the leading proponents of self-driving cars and autonomous vehicle systems, and the California-based company hopes that this kind of technology will one day make auto accidents caused by human error a thing of the past. Experts in the field understand that autonomous vehicle technology will not be widely accepted by the public until safety concerns have been overcome, and they are particularly worried about the negative publicity that would follow a fatal accident involving a self-driving car.
A 43-year-old male employee of a CarMax dealership in Ontario died on Feb. 23 while riding along on a customer's test drive of a Corvette. A sergeant with the Ontario Police Department said the vehicle collided with a tree after the driver lost control on Mercedes Lane. Witnesses claimed to have seen the car speeding at 70 mph just before the crash.