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  • From: Science News >> Technology In 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2.3 million automobile crashes occurred at intersections across the United States, resulting in some 7,000 deaths. More than 700 of those fatalities were due to drivers running red lights. But, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, half of the people killed in such accidents are not the drivers who ran the light, but other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. In order to reduce the number of accidents at intersections, researchers at MIT have devised an algorithm that predicts when an oncoming car is likely to run a red light. Based on parameters such as the vehicle's deceleration and its distance from a light, the

    Feb 21,
    - by Michael
  • During a press conference on Feb. 16, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood, and the National Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Administrator David Strickland, presented new proposed guidelines designed to encourage automakers to limit the risk of driver distraction when using communications, navigation, and entertainment technologies built into vehicles. The first phase of the guidelines include recommendations to do the following: Reduce the complexity of in-vehicle devices, and the amount of time it takes to use those devices; To limit system operations to require only one hand; To limit the time required to glance at a device to no more than 2 seconds; To limit the amount of unnecessary visual information in the driver's field of view; To limit the

    Feb 20,
    - by Michael
  • Last week I was talking with a fleet safety manager about the intangible costs of collisions at work. At BrightFleet we often create an ROI analysis for qualified and interested prospects in order to provide them the financial information that they need to determine in our driver safety training product is a good fit for their company, or to help them "sell" our program "by the numbers" to other stakeholders within their organization that are involved in the buying decision. Discussing the ROI process is what prompted our conversation about the intangible costs of collisions - those costs that are nearly impossible to quantify. Our ROI centers on the direct costs of collisions, the numbers that most fleet risk and

    Feb 16,
    - by Michael
  • I was listening to a bit of the "Lockridge Report" on Sirius radio while at the office this afternoon I heard, for the first time, of a likely amendment to the MAP 21 surface transportation bill (S. 1813) - which proposes to greatly expand tolling on existing interstate highways. While it may not be so surprising that the Senate is kicking this idea around right now, what is surprising is the number of organizations that have signed an open letter to the US Senate opposing the proposal. From AAA to the Wyoming Trucking Association, including another 66 national and state business and safety organizations in between. Tolling existing Interstates is extremely inefficient. Even using the most advanced technology, toll collection

    Feb 15,
    - by Michael
  • We arrived home from the FleetForum in Bonita Springs, FL late last Friday, and it's taken a few days just to decompress. I've been to many trade shows, Rachel and Janet have been to scores more. We all agree that we've never been to a "trade show" like this ever before. Instead of the standard convention format, the FleetForum is more like "speed dating" between vendors and potential buyers, and it's intense. In 2 and a half days we met with 30 or so potential buyers of our service, with 15 to 20 really strong prospects. At the beginning of the event we already had 12 solid one-on-one meetings scheduled for Friday. By Friday morning we had a revised schedule

    Feb 13,
    - by Michael
  • Today the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies announced the availability of CTBSSP Commercial Truck and Bus Safety Synthesis Report 21 titled "Driver Selection Tests and Measurement", a 98-page review of the latest research available on the subject, including 9 case studies spanning a range of carriers - from large truckload fleets, to small charter bus fleets. This report synthesizes current information on the driver selection methods of commercial truck and bus companies. Drivers are selected primarily through the use of tests, measurements, and other assessments of applicants. This report reviews the academic, commercial, and industry literature on these assessments, and how they are used within carriers' driver selection processes. It also includes a background discussion of driver hiring

    Feb 07,
    - by Michael

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