Keith Laing

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
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Senators Demand Answers About Tesla Feature That Runs Stop Signs

Markey Markey speaks at a past Senate hearing. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

A pair of Democratic U.S. senators demanded answers Feb. 8 from Tesla Inc. about a feature of its so-called Full Self-Driving system that permitted its vehicles to slowly roll through intersections without stopping as well as complaints about cars that suddenly brake at high speeds.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
February 8, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Tesla Agrees to Drop Self-Driving Feature That Runs Stop Signs

Tesla David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc. is disabling a feature of its so-called Full Self-Driving system that permitted its vehicles to slowly roll through intersections without coming to a complete halt when no other cars or pedestrians were present.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
February 1, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

NHTSA Rejects 2019 Petition to Probe Tesla Battery Software

Tesla charging A Tesla vehicle charges at a Tesla Supercharger site. (Chuck Burton/Associated Press)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rejected a 2019 petition to open a formal investigation into Tesla Inc.’s battery management software, according to documents posted to the agency’s website.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
October 4, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Probe Leads NHTSA to Request Documents From 12 Carmakers

Tesla Probe Leads NHTSA to Request Documents From 12 Carmakers A tesla parked at a supercharging station. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

The top U.S. auto safety regulator sent letters to 12 automakers as part of its investigation into Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot system and a dozen collisions at crash scenes involving first-responder vehicles.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
September 14, 2021

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