Hope Yen and Tom Krisher

Government, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB’s Homendy Calls DOT’s Serious Crash Stat Misleading

NTSB's Jennifer Homendy Jennifer Homendy of the National Transportation Safety Board at a 2019 news conference. (Chris Ehrmann/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — With traffic fatalities spiking higher, the nation’s top safety investigator says a widely cited government statistic that 94% of serious crashes are solely due to driver error is misleading and that the Transportation Department should stop using it.

Hope Yen and Tom Krisher | Associated Press
January 18, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Congress Mandates New Car Tech to Stop Drunken Driving

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WASHINGTON — Congress has created a new requirement for automakers: Find a high-tech way to keep drunken people from driving cars.

Hope Yen and Tom Krisher | Associated Press
November 9, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Biden Mileage Rule to Exceed Obama Climate Goal

A Tesla electric car at a showroom in Littleton, Colo. A Tesla electric car at a showroom in Littleton, Colo. Fully electric vehicles currently represent just 2% of new vehicle sales in the U.S. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — In a major step against climate change, President Joe Biden is proposing a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years. He’s then aiming for even tougher antipollution rules after that to forcefully reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nudge 40% of U.S. drivers into electric vehicles by decade’s end.

Hope Yen and Tom Krisher | Associated Press
July 27, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Carper Urges Tough US Rules Barring Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

Tesla charging Tesla electric vehicles charge at the Tesla Supercharger station in Fremont, Calif. (Nina Riggio/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — A top Senate Democrat is urging U.S. anti-pollution standards that would follow a deal brokered by California with five automakers and then set targets to end sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, a goal that reaches further than President Joe Biden’s climate plan.

Hope Yen and Tom Krisher | Associated Press
April 30, 2021