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Published: Monday, March 06, 2017 @ 7:12 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 2:30 AM
Drivers across the U.S. remain fearful about self-driving cars, but new data from AAA suggests a majority of drivers are looking for autonomous technologies in the next car they purchase.
A new survey released Tuesday by AAA revealed 78 percent of drivers surveyed would be afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle. Those numbers mirrored a 2016 survey where over 75 percent of drivers reported the same fears.
“A great race towards autonomy is underway and companies are vying to introduce the first driverless cars to our roadways,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations in a media release. “However, while U.S. drivers are eager to buy vehicles equipped with autonomous technology, they continue to fear a fully self-driving vehicle.”
AAA said while the majority overwhelmingly feared a fully self-driving vehicle, 59 percent of drivers were looking for autonomous features in their next vehicle such as automatic emergency braking, self-parking technology, and lane keeping systems. A trend that drivers are ready for autonomous technology, but not willing to give up full control, the auto club suggests.
“U.S. drivers may experience the driver assistance technologies in their cars today and feel they don’t work consistently enough to replace a human driver – and they’re correct,” Brannon said. “While these technologies will continue to improve over time, it’s important that consumers understand that today’s systems require your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.”
The auto club said they remain committed to testing automated vehicle technologies and provide education to consumers on potentially life-saving, automated vehicle technologies.
“Every year, we lose approximately 35,000 people on America’s roadways, most as a result of human error,” said Jill Ingrassia, AAA’s managing director of Government Relations and Traffic Safety. “Connected and automated vehicle technologies have the potential to dramatically reduce this number, and automakers, government agencies and safety organizations like AAA must continue working together to ensure that these new vehicles are safely tested and deployed.”
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:23 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:36 PM
SPRINGFIELD TWP., CLARK COUNTY — UPDATE @ 1:27 p.m.: One person has been taken to a hospital after a Jeep rammed into a house on South Bird Road, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
According to the preliminary investigation, a female was driving north when she apparently lost control of the vehicle and rammed the front of the house, where the resident was asleep.
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That resident has been taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, suffering from minor injuries. The driver was not injured, according to troopers.
South Bird Road will be shut down at Laybourne Road in both directions until further notice.
Police, sheriff’s deputies, OSP and the gas company are on the scene of a car into a house in the 200 block of South Bird and Laybourne roads in Springfield Twp.
The incident occurred moments ago. Unknown on injuries.
We will update this developing report as we get information.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m. (June 20): Red Dot gun powder has been identified by Dayton Bomb Squad members as the substance in the bottle bomb found Tuesday, said Mark Hess, Five Rivers MetroParks public safety chief.
Investigators have no additional information or suspects, Hess said.
Alliant Red Dot gun powder is the brand name for a smokeless powder used primarily for light and standard 12 gauge target loads, but can be used in some handgun loads, according to midwayusa.com (Midway Arms, Inc.)
INITIAL REPORT (June 19)
MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning.
Rangers responded to the bike path near Kettering Field about 11 a.m. after a park technician found the device during a routine patrol, said Lt. Mark Arendt, Five Rivers MetroParks, Ranger Division.
The device was found partially burned and was apparently filled with a black powder, Arendt said.
Rangers were not sure how long the bottle was there or when it was initially detonated.
“It’s a very dangerous situation,” Arendt said. “We wouldn’t want someone to stumble upon this and get hurt. Or we wouldn’t want the person actually messing around with this device to get hurt either.”
The bottle and powder will be analyzed to determine what the device actually contained, Arendt said.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:35 PM
HARRISON TWP. — The father of a 2-year-old who investigators said was fatally shot by his 13-year-old brother will face criminal charges, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.
Jamahl Evans, 34, was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury Wednesday on charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, 10 counts of having weapons under disability, possession of marijuana, and a drug paraphernalia charge, according to a grand jury report.
Evans is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges June 26, records indicate.
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Evans’ 13-year-old son is accused of playing with a loaded gun June 4 when the gun discharged, striking and killing 2-year-old J’veontae Johnston.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
Today: Passing showers and storms are possible through the afternoon and into the evening, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Eric Elwell. Most shower and storms should dissipate after dark, Elwell said.
Temperatures will hold into the 80s before falling to a low in the middle to upper 60s overnight.
Thursday: Partly cloudy skies and a break in humidity to start the day. However, a front will quickly return to the area, bringing the threat for more showers and storms by the afternoon and into the evening. Highs will reach the upper 70s.
Friday: Mostly cloudy skies with numerous showers and storms likely especially in the afternoon. A few storms could be severe, along with locally heavy rainfall. Highs will be near 80 degrees.
Saturday: A mix of sun and clouds to start the weekend with a passing shower or storm possible, especially in southern counties. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.
Sunday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with another changer for a shower or storm, mainly in southern counties. Highs will be in the lower 80s.
Monday: Mostly sunny skies return with highs reaching the lower 80s.