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GM gauges effectiveness of automated safety features on its cars

Automated safety features have been shown to prevent crashes, but many of the studies have not tested the features' real-world effectiveness. However, a new study made by GM and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has done so. Drivers in New York may be interested to hear what type of crashes can be most frequently prevented.

Self-driving cars can present new accident threats

When people in New York drive down the highway, a fire truck or police vehicle ahead with emergency lights flashing is one of the most visible obstacles they may encounter. As autonomous driving technology develops, however, scientists and drivers are learning that self-driving cars "see" quite differently than human drivers. One accident involving a Tesla running on its "Autopilot" semi-autonomous system and a fire truck has drawn attention to this potential problem of the software. Many people are looking forward to self-driving cars as a means to reduce the likelihood of car crashes, so this issue has raised serious concerns.

Dangers of drunk driving

Though the number of drunk driving deaths has declined by a third over the past three decades, it remains high. Every year on average in New York and across the U.S., there are over 10,000 fatalities due to drunk driving crashes. The resulting cost of these deaths averages about $44 billion. Motorcyclists are not immune either; in fact, they have the highest rate of deadly drunk driving crashes.

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