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The Numbers for Thursday, November 21: Driving to the future
The approximate number of vehicle-related deaths last year that involved distracted driving, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That number has automakers slow to integrate apps and smartphone technology into their cars, as they wait for developers to reach a common standard for safe interfaces. (The Los Angeles Times)
The cost of the hydrogen needed to needed to power a fuel-cell car the same distance as a gallon of gasoline. At auto shows in Los Angeles and Tokyo, car companies are debuting hydrogen-powered vehicles that exhaust only water vapor. Hyundai Motor Co. will be the first to the mass market in the U.S. with a Tuscon SUV available for lease in Los Angeles in 2015. (The Washington Post)
The score, out of 100, that consumers gave the Tesla Model S on Consumer Reports’ annual owner satisfaction score. The near-perfect assessment, which the magazine says is the best it has seen in years, comes despite three high-profile vehicle fires occurring in Tesla’s flagship car that have marred the electric vehicle’s otherwise stellar public image and caused a 30 percent drop in the company’s stock price. (Consumer Reports)