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March 2016 Archives

Cars to have automatic braking by 2022

Connecticut drivers will be on safer roads in the years ahead thanks to an agreement among major automakers to make automatic braking systems standard equipment in nearly 100 percent of light vehicles by 2022. The systems brake when the driver reacts too slowly and fails to brake at all or uses too little power in doing so.

Self-driving cars are safe but not without faults

Self-driving cars may be coming to Connecticut very soon. However, before they are ready for a national rollout, they must first pass stringent safety tests and prove that they are ready to be on the road. Google's autonomous vehicles have logged more than a million miles of driving, and the experiment has been overwhelmingly positive. Although self-driving cars certainly hold the potential to be many times safer than any human driver, they are still occasional participants in minor accidents.

State senator won't be charged in wrong-way collision

Connecticut state senator Andrew Maynard was injured in a two-car accident on Jan. 14. Investigators say that the 53-year-old senator was traveling in the wrong direction on Route 32 in Waterford when the accident occurred. After colliding with an SUV, the senator's vehicle traveled down an embankment. Emergency medical personnel found the senator unconscious and determined that he had suffered a concussion.