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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: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:57 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 11:22 AM
— We’ll once again see filtered sunshine today as clouds continue to pass overhead, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. More breaks in the clouds are expected later in the day as temperatures top out around the middle 60s.
Tonight: Partly cloudy skies are expected overnight as temperatures drop into the middle 40s.
Monday: A dry start to your Monday is expected but rain is expected to move in later in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the middle 60s.
Tuesday: A few scattered showers are expected. It won’t be a wash-out but you will want to keep the umbrella handy. Highs will be in the upper 50s.
Wednesday: A few lingering showers are expected for the first part of the day with highs near 60 degrees.
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:45 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:59 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m.:
The fire that started at a duplex in the 200 block of Warren Street in Dayton is under investigation.
No one was injured in the fire that started in the rear of the two-story building Sunday morning, according to District Chief Brad Baldwin of the Dayton Fire Department.
Baldwin said the fire was well involved when crews arrived.
Flames blew out of the front and sides of the duplex when crews made entry to the front of the first floor, Baldwin said.
Firefighters tried to control the flames as the buildings on both sides of the duplex were evacuated, according to Baldwin.
It is not yet known what started the fire or if anyone was inside at the time.
Damage estimates were not yet known but the roof had caved in.
Firefighters are on scene of a working two-story duplex fire where flames were reportedly showing in Dayton.
Crews were dispatched around 6:20 a.m. to the 200 block of Warren Street.
Buckeye Street at Warren Street is closed.
We are hearing reports that adjacent buildings are being evacuated.
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:05 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 6:50 a.m.:
The two-vehicle injury accident that occurred on northbound Interstate 75 Sunday morning is under investigation, according to police.
All three of the adult males involved in the crash were taken to an area hospital with unknown conditions, according to Sgt. Cash of the Dayton Police Department.
One of the occupants involved was described as being in “pretty bad shape.”
It was not clear what exactly happened in the Sunday morning crash but the Crash Reconstruction Unit is attempting to piece it together, Cash said.
UPDATE @ 5:28 a.m.:
All of Interstate 75 is now open after a vehicle accident caused a nearly three hour shutdown.
UPDATE @ 5:22 a.m.:
The left two lanes at northbound Interstate 75 are open between State Route 4 and Stanley Avenue after a two-vehicle accident shut the road down for nearly three hours.
The right lane remains closed.
Northbound Interstate 75 is closed between State Route 4 and Stanley Avenue after a two-vehicle accident in Dayton Sunday.
Crews were dispatched around 2:45 a.m. to the accident.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:47 PM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 3:50 AM
MIAMI TWP. — UPDATE @ 3:42 a.m.
The man who police said struck a Miami Twp. police officer with his truck Saturday night while driving drunk has been identified.
Adam Blackmore, 33, of Miamisburg was booked into Montgomery County Jail and faces OVI charges as well as traffic related offenses for the crash, according to Sgt. Matt Robinson of the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
UPDATE @ 2:05 a.m.
All lanes reopened on southbound I-75 at OH 725 just after 2 a.m. after a series of crashes occurred Saturday around 9 p.m., according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.
UPDATE @ 12:33 a.m.
The driver of the white pickup truck suspected of driving drunk when he struck a Miami Twp. police officer on Interstate 75 is headed to Montgomery County Jail.
“He’s going to be charged with driving off the roadway and drunk driving,” said Sgt. Frank Edward Simmons Jr. of the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The driver struck the officer who was responding to a series of accidents in Miami Township, throwing him 10 to 12 feet into a grass area. He is being evaluated by hospital staff but sustained “soft tissue injuries” and “no broken bones,” Simmons said.
Police are not releasing the name of the officer who was struck at this time.
Everyone involved in the crashes that began just after 9 p.m. Saturday sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to Simmons.
The first crash occurred when a semi and red impala came together, causing the impala to lose control, drive off the roadway and strike a light pole which knocked it into the roadway, Simmons said.
An SUV then braked to avoid hitting the light pole, causing a Mercedes to strike the back of the SUV, according to Simmons.
Simmons said Miami Twp. police then arrived on scene of the crashes and that’s when the officer was struck by the suspected drunk driver in the white pickup truck.
The driver was traveling southbound, drove off the right side of the roadway, striking the officer.
“It kind of hits close to home to let you know that this profession is inherently dangerous. When you throw an impaired driver into the mix, that makes things that much worse,” Simmons said.
UPDATE @ 12:20 a.m. (April 22)
The driver of a white pickup truck that struck a Miami Twp. officer is suspected of driving while impaired, said Sgt. Frank Edward Simmons Jr. of the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Traffic is moving on the southbound lanes of Interstate 75, and is expected to be totally reopened within the next hour.
UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m.
The Miami Twp. police officer who was struck by a pickup truck while outside his cruiser tonight most likely will be staying the night at Kettering Medical Center, police said.
A police source at the hospital said the officer, who was not named, “is awake but very sore.”
Southbound I-75 remains shut down at Ohio 725, and the backup at one point extended to the Dryden Road exit in Moraine.
It is unclear how much longer the highway will remain closed, or when one lane will be opened to traffic, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post.
UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m.
A Miami Twp. police officer was struck by a truck tonight while outside of his cruiser at a crash scene.
All southbound I-75 lanes are shut down just before the Ohio 725 exit.
The officer, whose name and condition was not immediately available, was taken from the scene to Kettering Medical Center.
There was a series of three crashes tonight on the highway, the last involving the officer, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center:
At 9:20 p.m., a red sedan hit a pole, then at 9:22 p.m. a blue Subaru Forester crashed in the same area of near the Ohio 725 exit.
At 9:29 p.m. the officer who responded to the first crashes was struck by an early 1990s Chevrolet truck, gray or silver. Troopers were with the truck at the 44 mile marker.
All three crashes remain under investigation.