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Uber to shut down their driverless car program in Arizona

Uber to shut down their driverless car program in Arizona

Just 2 months after the fatal accident involving a pedestrian who was hit by a driverless Uber car, Uber has halted its driverless car program. The program, based in Arizona, had previously provided employment for over 300 people.   The people of Arizona had voiced their concerns about the program, forcing the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, to take action. In response, he has now decided to ban the company from allowing any more driverless cars on Arizona roads.   Choosing not to fight the issue in the courts, Uber has abided with this request and has now officially stated that it is ending its driverless car program in Arizona.   So does this mean the end of driverless cars? Almost certainly not. Uber has announced plans to restart its program in Pennsylvania. In return for allowing the program, the state is likely to see an increase in jobs. Conversely, Arizona is set to lose 300 jobs, as Uber staff are relocated. Uber to offer staff more benefits This news comes on top of other recent news surrounding Uber, most notably that the firm has promised to give more benefits to Uber drivers in the EU. This was in response to being put under pressure from the EU, which was complaining that Uber was effectively treating Uber ‘contractors’ as employees, yet not paying the necessary taxes and benefits. As a result, Uber will now pay for maternity leave and provide other healthcare benefits.   Does this mean that Uber will soon offer USA drivers more benefits? It is hard to say. Although the EU decision sets a precedent, EU...
Miami Dade tops the list of most car accidents in 2017

Miami Dade tops the list of most car accidents in 2017

The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles has released data showing that Miami Dade had a total of 63,157 car accidents 2017. This puts Miami Dade well ahead of all other counties, with Broward County far behind in second place with 40,324. Florida as a whole saw 387,900 accidents with 246,285 resulting in injuries (Source: https://patch.com/florida/miamibeach/florida-counties-top-most-car-accidents-2017). What is causing the high number of auto accidents? There are many contributing factors to these high figures. Some factors we would expect, such as drink driving, bad weather, inexperienced drivers, as well as drivers over the age of 65 (drivers over the age of 65 were twice as likely to have been involved in an accident).   However, there were also many lesser known contributing factors. According to the data, the month with the most accidents was March (with 37,395 accidents), while Fridays are the day of the week when you are most likely to be involved in an accident. It seems that rush hour is also a factor, with a higher percentage of collisions happening between 4:00pm to 5:00pm.   On a macro level, another contributing factor is the growing population of Florida and of South Florida in particular. The increase in population leads to an increase in cars on the road, which subsequently increases the chance of accidents. What should I do if I have been involved in a car accident? If you or anyone involved in the accident has sustained life-threatening injuries, then you should call 911. However, if your injuries are not life-threatening, then another option is to visit an accident clinic specializing in the treatment of auto injuries,...

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