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New Vehicle Fuel Economy Slides in June

Rising sales of large vehicles cuts fuel efficiency average.

by on Jul.07, 2015

New vehicle buyers are favoring trucks and utility vehicles, which is cutting the average fuel economy rating for new vehicles.

Courtesy of low gas prices, U.S. consumers continue to plunk down cash for trucks and utility vehicles in increasing numbers over more fuel efficient small cars, and in the process, drive down the average fuel economy of vehicles in this country.

The gas mileage rating of new vehicles purchased by American consumers slipped last month, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). The average fuel economy printed on the window stickers of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in June was 25.4 mpg, down from 25.5 mpg in May, the U-M researchers said.

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“The decline likely reflects the increased sales of light trucks and SUVs in June,” according to Michael Sivak, a research professor at UMTRI. (more…)

Auto Industry Players Supporting U-M Research Center

Companies give $1 million to aid connected car programs.

by on Sep.17, 2014

Testing and developing connected and automated vehicles like these will be the focus of the Mobility Transformation Center at the University of Michigan.

More than a dozen companies are throwing their support – and dollars – behind the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center and its plans to research and develop connected and automated vehicles.

A mix of automakers, suppliers, communications and technology companies – called the Leadership Circle – have pledged more than $1 million during the next three years to help the center, also known as the MTC, expand research program. Additional companies, known as affiliates, are also participating.

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“We are on the threshold of a transformation in mobility that the world hasn’t seen since the introduction of the automobile a century ago,” said Dr. Peter Sweatman, director of the MTC. (more…)

U-M Study Shows Fewer People Dying on U.S. Roads

Despite driving more, better vehicles providing more safety.

by on Jul.14, 2014

A new study from the University of Michigan shows traffic fatalities are declining, even after a one-year reversal of the trend.

The efforts of automakers to make cars and trucks safer during the last decade appear to be hitting the mark as U.S. fatalities have declined nearly 23% in recent years, according to a newly released survey. The drop comes despite the fact that people are driving more than ever.

Regardless of how the results are measured, traffic deaths have declined overall in the U.S., although some states have seen better results than others. The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) released a study showing that between 2005 and 2012, the number of fatalities fell 22.7%. The numbers for 2013 aren’t compiled yet.

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The leading drops, in terms of simple numbers, came from Washington D.C. (68.8%), Nevada (39.6), Mississippi (37.5), New Hampshire (34.9%) and Missouri (34.3%). The top 11 states posted drops greater than 30%, according to the UMTRI study. (more…)

Gasoline Prices Continue Climbing in US

Auto fuel efficiency continues to rise, survey shows.

by on Jul.08, 2014

The strong sales of the Ram 1500 Diesel has contributed to the national improvement in fuel economy for new vehicles.

With gasoline prices inching upward this summer, the fuel economy of the new vehicles sold in the U.S. is continuing to improve compared with historic figures, the University of Michigan reports.

Despite a slight dip in June, fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. has exceeded 25 miles per gallon for the fifth straight month, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) responsible for the monthly survey of fuel economy trends.

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The average fuel economy – window-sticker values – of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased last month was 25.5 mpg, down from a record-high 25.6 mpg in May. Vehicle fuel economy is now up 5.4 mpg from October 2007, the first full month of monitoring, noted UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle. (more…)

U-M Escalating Connected Car Research

Mobility Transportation Center leading the efforts.

by on Apr.30, 2014

The University of Michigan is about to begin a new wave to testing connected cars to improve their future viability.

The University of Michigan’s Board of Regents is ready to approve a new project that will help make the university one of the centers for the study of connected car technology in North America.

Jim Sayer of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute said the rapid development of connected-vehicle technology and the potential it has to improve transportation safety, driver accessibility, optimize mobility and reduce vehicle crashes is compelling technology.

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Going forward, automotive engineers will need to be familiar with connected vehicle technology, he said. Located on the university’s campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, new Mobility Transportation Center will be supported by the university, the State of Michigan and several corporate backers with an interest in the technology. (more…)

U-M Study Claims U.S. Drivers More Dangerous than Europeans

More likely to die from cancer, heart disease in America.

by on Feb.20, 2014

The areas shaded in red are the most dangerous places to drive in the world based on World Health Organization data.

Most drivers in the United States believe they’re pretty good behind the wheel. And if you compare the number of deaths by car accidents with those of cancer or heart disease, they’re right.

However, once the numbers get compared to other countries around the world, U.S. drivers don’t fare quite as well, according to a recent study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

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Worldwide, there is an average of 18 auto fatalities per 100,000 people. The U.S. is actually better than the average at just 14 deaths, but compared to other industrialized nations, the number’s not all that impressive. (more…)