Toyota has completed construction on a new facility designed specifically to test a new wave in automobile safety: cars that communicate with one another, and with the road. The systems being tested are intended to help reduce car accidents caused by driver error by giving drivers warnings about an impending collision or even by taking action to avoid an accident on their own. Among the scenarios being tested are warnings given about pedestrians in the roadway, red light warnings for a driver approaching too quickly, and warnings about cars approaching at intersections.
A driver with a commercial driver's license is required by the Department of Transportation to get a medical physical at least once every two years in order to maintain that license. The requirement is meant to reduce the likelihood of a bus or truck accident being caused by a driver who is not physically fit to operate a large vehicle. In the past, any medical provider from doctors to chiropractors was acceptable in providing the DOT physical. Starting in May 2014, the regulations regarding this physical will change.