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AAA study finds problems with Driver Assistance technology; check out video

first_img Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSAAADisabled VehiclesDriving Assistance TechnologyLane Centering SystemSafety Study Previous articleBack-to-School Sales Tax Holiday brings 3 days of savings; details of what is / isn’t tax freeNext articleDeadline approaching for Blue School Grant Program applications Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 center_img The Anatomy of Fear MethodologyAAA conducted closed-course testing and naturalistic driving in partnership with the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center and AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah’s GoMentum Proving Grounds. Using a defined set of criteria, AAA selected the following vehicles for testing:  2019 BMW X7 with “Active Driving Assistant Professional”, 2019 Cadillac CT6 with “Super Cruise™”, 2019 Ford Edge with “Ford Co-Pilot360™”, 2020 Kia Telluride with “Highway Driving Assist” and 2020 Subaru Outback with “EyeSight®” and were sourced from the manufacturer or directly from dealer inventory. The 2019 Cadillac CT6 and the 2019 Ford Edge were evaluated only within naturalistic environments. For specific methodology regarding testing equipment, closed-course test scenarios and naturalistic routes, please refer to the full report here. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here New research finds flaws with vehicle systems that automate speed, braking and lane centeringFrom AAA Although it’s designed to make you safer on the road, AAA is warning drivers to be cautious when trusting certain vehicle technology. What’s called “active driving assistance” is designed to automate certain aspects of driving. However, AAA researchers warn that this system is far from 100% reliable.Testing the TechnologyWhile there are various forms of Advanced Driver Assistance Technologies in vehicles today, Active Driving Assistance is unique in that it combines functionalities like steering, acceleration and braking. AAA’s research focused on five vehicles equipped with Active Driving Assistance. View the full reportTest drivers noted that adaptive cruise control performed well. However, through the course of 4,000 miles of driving, the vehicles experienced some other type of issue every 8 miles, on average.Researchers noted instances of:Trouble keeping the vehicles in their lane and coming too close to other vehicles or guardrailsSystems often disengaging with little notice – almost instantly giving control back to the driverClick to watch video of road testing the Active Driving Assistance, three clips: 2 of vehicle trying to stay within driving lane, 3rd clip of vehicle collision with disabled vehicle on side of road“Active driving assistance systems may lull drivers in to a false sense of security, allowing them to direct their attention away from driving,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “When using these systems, it’s critical that drivers remain focused on the road, in case you need to intervene. Although these systems are designed to make the roads safer, they’re still in the early stages of development and are not consistent.”Why the Lane Centering System StrugglesOn public roadways, nearly three-quarters (73%) of all system errors involved instances of lane departure or erratic lane position. These systems currently rely on in-vehicle cameras to determine lane position. Just like our eyes, the cameras struggle to “see” when lane markings are not clear or when the sun is providing too much glare. Also, lane changes can happen suddenly, causing the vehicle to struggle in a more complex driving environment.Collisions with Disabled VehiclesWhile AAA’s closed-course testing found that the systems performed mostly as expected. They were particularly challenged when approaching a simulated disabled vehicle, partially in the roadway. When encountering this test scenario, in aggregate, a collision occurred 66% of the time and the average impact speed was 25 mph.AAA RecommendationsAAA believes manufacturers should do more simulations, closed-course testing and actual on-road evaluations prior to releasing to the mass market. These systems need to perform more consistently in order to improve the driver experience and overall reliability and safety. AAA has met with industry leaders to provide insight from the testing experience and shared our recommendations for improvement.Should Drivers Purchase Vehicles with Active Driving Assistance Systems?While the adaptive cruise control functionality of the active driving assistance systems works well, lane keeping assistance struggles. Our advice is to look for a vehicle with adaptive cruise control but wait a few years until the technology improves before purchasing a vehicle with active driving assistance.“Drivers must clearly understand how these systems work before integrating them into their regular driving,” Jenkins continued. “AAA recommends requesting a demonstration from the dealership as well as thoroughly reading the vehicle owner’s manual and other information provided online by the automaker.”Tracking Drivers’ Trust in TechnologyAAA’s 2020 automated vehicle survey found that only one in ten drivers (12%) would trust riding in a self-driving car. To increase consumer confidence in future automated vehicles, it is important that car manufacturers perfect functionality as much as possible – like active driving assistance systems available now – before deployment in a larger fleet of vehicles. The insights are also shared with AAA members and the public to inform their driving experiences and vehicle purchase decisions.last_img read more

Council urged to test substance spread at An Grianan Farm

first_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ By News Highland – July 16, 2019 Council urged to test substance spread at An Grianan Farm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter WhatsApp Donegal County Council is being asked to take samples of the substance being spread on lands at the An Grianan Farm in light of public concerns about the odour emanating from the area Last week, the company denied that it is spreading chicken excrement, describing the substance as a digestate.At a public meeting, concerns were expressed about whether there is any potential health impacts as a result of the odours.Cllr Paul Canning says the council has a role to play in answering some of those questions….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/cannhjghjghjghingsampling1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Facebookcenter_img Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleAsylum seekers coming to Donegal described as ‘hugely positive’Next articlePolice reissue appeal over single vehicle crash in Derry News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Pensioner property wealth hits record high

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Pensioner property wealth hits record high previous nextHousing MarketPensioner property wealth hits record highNew figures show that over-65 homeowners now own property wealth of £861 billion.PROPERTYdrum31st March 20150497 Views Retired homeowners in the UK now collectively own property worth £861 billion with their total property wealth increasing by more than £33 billion in the past six months, the equivalent of around £1,200 a month each.New research from over 55s financial specialist Key Retirement Solutions says that their total property wealth is now at its highest level since the firm started monitoring the housing wealth of the over 65s five years ago, with pensioners who own their homes outright having earned an average of £7,117 each from their homes in the past six months.Since Key started monitoring the housing wealth of the over-65s, in January 2010, total pensioner property wealth has increased by £81.27 billion – the equivalent of £17,323 each.Its Pensioner Property Equity Index shows over-65 homeowners now own property wealth of £861.188 billion outright as a result of higher property prices across most parts of the UK.Retired homeowners in London saw the biggest gains, at an average of over £20,675 each in the past six months, while homeowners in the South East are more than £14,123 better off and pensioners in East Anglia are £13,105 better off.Only retired homeowners in the North East saw a fall in housing wealth with average losses of £581 in the six months.Key’s figures show almost a fifth of all pensioner property equity is owned by over-65s in London with total wealth of £167.731 billion. Nearly two thirds of pensioner property wealth is concentrated in London, the South East, the South West and East Anglia.“Retired homeowners have huge assets in their houses with total property wealth hitting an all-time high of £861 billion,” said Dean Mirfin (left) of Key Retirement. “In the past five years they’ve made an average of more than £17,000 each from their homes.”The table below shows the 11 areas of Great Britain monitored by Key’s index with 10 recording gains.  RegionAverage change in value of home equity for homeowners aged 65+ (between August index and February index) Combined change in value of home equity for homeowners aged 65+ (between August and February index)  London increase of £20,675 +£7.567 billion South East increase of £14,123 +£9.264 billion South west increase of £6,152 +£3.854 billion North west increase of £3,956 +£2.654 billion East Anglia increase of £13,105 +£6.185 billion East Midlands increase of £3,954 +£1.704 billion West Midlands increase of £2,139 +£766.167 million Scotland increase of £3,075 +£867.15 million Yorks/Humbs increase of £709 +£204.671 million Wales increase of £1,823 +£482.365 million North East £581 decrease -£159.77 million Great Britain +£7,117 +£33.392 billionThe table below shows over-65 homeowners in the North West are most likely to own their home outright – Key’s analysis shows 671,000 own their homes without mortgages compared with 656,000 in the South East.Region Estimated property equity in homes owned outright by people aged 65+ (February 2015)Estimated percentage of total value of property equity belonging to people aged 65+ (February 2015) Number of households in the region owned outright by people aged 65+  London £167.731 billion 19.48% 366,000 South East £158.904 billion 18.45% 656,000 South West £117.194 billion 13.61% 626,600 East £94.836 billion 11.01% 472,000 North West £76.400 billion 8.87% 671,100 East Midlands £57.342 billion 6.66% 431,200 West Midlands £49.232 billion 5.72% 358,400 Scotland £46.585 billion 5.41% 282,000 Yorks/Humbs £34.461 billion 4% 288,600 Wales £31.556 billion 3.66% 264,600 North East £26.942 billion 3.13% 275,000 GREAT BRITAIN £861.188 billion 4,691,500 retirement homes pensioner property wealth over-65s over-65 homeowners March 31, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more