Braking Bad: AAA Research shows Automatic Emergency Braking Often Performs Poorly

PORTLAND, Ore., – New research from AAA shows that Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) only works in limited driving situations. AEB is standard equipment in most new cars sold in the U.S. and works well in preventing or mitigating rear-end crashes at slower speeds. However, AEB struggles at higher speeds and fails with detecting moving vehicles …

AAA: Drivers Change Habits to Counter High Gas Prices

PORTLAND, Ore., – A new survey from AAA shows that drivers are making significant changes to cope with high pump prices. Almost two-thirds (64%) of U.S. adults have changed their driving habits or lifestyle since March, with 23% making “major changes.” Drivers’ top three changes to offset high gas prices are driving less, combining errands, …

AAA Research: 25% of Americans say They’d Buy an EV for their Next Auto Purchase

PORTLAND, Ore., – New research from AAA finds that one-quarter of Americans say they would be likely to buy an electric vehicle (powered exclusively by electricity, not a hybrid or plug-in hybrid) for their next auto purchase, with Millennials and Gen Z leading the way. The number one reason is to save money on fuel …

AAA: Independence Day Car Travel to Set New Record Despite Soaring Gas Prices

Updated 7/4/2022 PORTLAND, Ore., – AAA says the travel volume for the 4th of July holiday is just shy of 2019 with 47.9 million Americans (14.5% of the population) including 549,000 Oregonians taking a trip. This is up 3.7% over 2021, bringing travel volumes almost to pre-pandemic levels. The biggest surprise is car travel will …

AAA: 39 Million Americans including 530,000 Oregonians to Travel for Memorial Day

Updated May 27, 2022 PORTLAND, Ore., – The unofficial start to summer will be a busy one this year as AAA predicts 39.2 million people (11.8% of the population) will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend. This is an increase of 8.3% over 2021, bringing travel volumes almost in line …

AAA: Consumers Skeptical about Automated Vehicles

PORTLAND, Ore., – New research from AAA shows drivers overwhelmingly want automakers to improve the performance of existing driver assistance technologies rather than develop self-driving cars. And this view is backed by another round of AAA testing that shows these technologies don’t work consistently and can result in crashes with other vehicles and bicyclists. Here …

Why did Crashes Spike During COVID with Fewer Drivers on the Road?

PORTLAND, Ore., – As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country, fewer drivers were on the roads and there was a significant reduction in the number of miles driven. And yet, the U.S. had the highest number of fatal crashes for 2020 in more than a decade, as well as an increase in crashes involving …