Keith Laing

Government, Safety

Traffic Deaths Decline for First Time Since 2020

Traffic on U.S. 101 in Los Angeles Traffic on U.S. 101 in Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Traffic fatalities on U.S. roads declined in the second quarter, halting an almost two-year rise even as Americans are driving more.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
September 19, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NHTSA Needs a New Chief With Road Deaths at 20-Year High

Ann Carlson Ann Carlson takes over at NHTSA until a permanent administrator is nominated. Traffic by Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is operating without a Senate-confirmed leader again, leaving a void atop the agency tasked with preventing road injuries and deaths even as the number of fatalities moves sharply in the wrong direction.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
September 12, 2022
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Autopilot Probe Casts Eye on Role of In-Car Camera

Tesla An attendee views the interior of a Tesla Inc. Model 3 vehicle during AutoMobility LA ahead of a past Los Angeles Auto Show. (Dania Maxwell/Bloomberg News)

U.S. auto safety regulators are scrutinizing Tesla Inc.’s in-car camera systems as part of a recently expanded investigation into whether the company’s automated driving technology is defective.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
August 18, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Road Deaths Climb for Seventh Straight Quarter as Driving Increases

Police lights Chalabala/Getty Images

Traffic fatalities on U.S. roads grew 7% in the opening three months of the year, reaching the highest levels for the first quarter since 2002.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
August 17, 2022
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Faces Increase in Complaints Over ‘Phantom Braking’

Tesla A Tesla Inc. logo on the construction site office at the Tesla Gigafactory building site in Gruenheide, Germany. (Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. is facing stepped-up scrutiny from U.S. regulators who have received 758 complaints of cars made by the company that suddenly brake at high speeds, more than double the number of reported incidents earlier this year.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
June 3, 2022
Business, Equipment

Average Age of US Cars Hits Record 12.2 Years

cars on highway David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Cars on U.S. roads are as old as they’ve ever been, potentially complicating efforts to expand the use of new safety and emissions-reduction technologies.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
May 23, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

49 MPG Fuel-Economy Standard Ordered for Cars by 2026

Highway traffic Nevada Department of Transportation

The Biden administration ordered carmakers to increase their average fuel economy to about 49 mpg by 2026, in an ambitious effort to make up for progress stalled when President Donald Trump rolled back the efficiency program.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
April 1, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

Trucking Sees Little Benefit to Diesel Tax Relief Plans

Trucks at a truck stop fuel pump in Whiteland, Ind. Trucks at a truck stop fuel pump in Whiteland, Ind. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

A move by states to soothe the sting of soaring fuel prices by temporarily suspending diesel fuel taxes has some unlikely opponents: truckers, the very people it’s supposed to help.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
March 24, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Defends Autopilot Safety in Response to Senators

A Tesla steering wheel Tesla has come under criticism for its promotion of the Autopilot and Full-Self Driving features. (Angel Garcia/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. defended the safety benefits of its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving driver-assist systems in a response to lawmakers who have criticized the company’s marketing of the technology.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
March 9, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Braking Issue Spurs Second NHTSA Probe Related to Autopilot

Tesla Braking Issue Spurs Second NHTSA Probe Related to Autopilot A Tesla Model 3 travels on a road in Rocklin, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating complaints of Tesla Inc. cars with Autopilot driver assist that suddenly brake at high speeds, the latest in a string of confrontations between the company and safety regulators.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
February 17, 2022

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