The past few years have seen studies come out that reveal teenagers are less likely to have a driver's license. But a new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) says teens aren't the only group that are passing on a license.
The study which looked at data from 1983 to 2014 reveals that every age group has seen a decrease in carrying a driver;s license.
24.5 percent of Americans aged 16 carried a license in 2014. This is down 6.6 percent from 2008 where 27.5 percent carried one.
76.7 percent of Americans aged 20 to 24 have a license in 2014, compared to 82 percent in 2008.
A number of older Americans aren't also carrying licenses either. In the 40 to 59 age bracket, the percentage of those who have a license has dropped 3 percent from 2008 to 2014.
Sadly, the study doesn't go into why the amount of people carrying licenses has gone down. But we have a couple possible reasons to it:
The average price of a vehicle has been increasing over the years. Young Americans don't have the income to purchase one.
A fair number of people are moving back into the city, meaning they are utilizing public transportation systems or using an alternative form of transportation.
Delphi Automotive is undertaking an ambitious cross-country road trip.
The supplier announced that it will be taking an Audi SQ5 fitted with the latest self-driving tech on a trip from San Francisco to New York City. The trip will begin on March 22nd and end during the first week of the New York Auto Show. Delphi is planning to run the vehicle for 6 to 8 hours per day with two engineers in the vehicle to make sure all of the tech is working properly.
"Delphi had great success testing its car in California and on the streets of Las Vegas. Now it’s time to put our vehicle to the ultimate test by broadening the range of driving conditions. This drive will help us collect invaluable data in our quest to deliver the best automotive grade technologies on the market," said Jeff Owens, Delphi’s chief technology officer.
The Audi SQ5 in question mostly looks stock, but features a number of car-to-car communication technologies such as radar, cameras, and lidar laser mapping sensors.
Source: Detroit Free Press