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Does telematics reduce your costs and chances of a crash?

You have probably heard of telematics, even if you are not familiar with the name. It is also known as usage-based insurance or pay-as-you-drive insurance. The idea is for your auto insurance company to set your premium rates based on your actual driving behavior. If you have good driving habits, you pay less for your insurance, and vice versa.

Study: Modern SUVs still more likely than cars to kill pedestrians

Even as advances in safety features have brought the overall rate of traffic fatalities down, the number of pedestrians being killed on U.S. roads has risen over the last decade. Part of that could be the fact that SUVs have grown in popularity.

Has marijuana legalization meant more impaired driving?

If you have been hit by a marijuana-impaired driver, you have been personally affected by a powerful trend. Now that the majority of states have legalized marijuana for some purposes, you might expect that the rate of impaired driving would be higher. You would be right to be concerned.

Safety groups urge improved safety standards for autonomous cars

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requested public comments on proposed regulatory changes to the occupant protection rules for self-driving vehicles. Anyone can comment on the rule, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Highway Loss Data Institute recently submitted theirs based on years of research.

Would automated vehicles automatically drive better than humans?

Not necessarily, according to a recent study. Their ability to out-perform humans in terms of safety will depend not only on the accuracy and reliability of their sensors but also on how they weigh the importance of safety.

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