Todd Spangler

Government, Business, TCA

Trump Threatens Punishment After GM Announces Layoffs, Plant Closures

GM Sign Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump threatened Nov. 27 to end consumer subsidies for electric cars sold by General Motors in the wake of the company’s announcement of layoffs and plant closures in Michigan, Ohio and Maryland.

Todd Spangler | Detroit Free Press
November 28, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Bill Allowing 80,000 Self-Driving Cars on the Road Passes Senate Panel

A row of Google self-driving Lexus cars at a Google event outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Eric Risberg/AP

WASHINGTON – On a unanimous voice vote, a Senate committee approved legislation Oct. 4 that authorizes self-driving car makers to sell as many as 80,000 vehicles a year within three years that would be exempt from current safety standards as manufacturers develop technology for autonomous vehicles.

Todd Spangler | Detroit Free Press
October 5, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Senators Look at What Self-Driving Trucks Might Mean to Drivers

A U.S. Senate committee is considering whether legislation dealing with the future of self-driving cars should also pave the way to self-driving trucks, considering the impact such technology could have on millions of workers.

Todd Spangler | Detroit Free Press
September 13, 2017
Government, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Congressional Panel Moves to Give Feds Say Over Self-Driving Vehicles

Autonomous Truck Daimler

A U.S. House committee July 27 approved legislation to give the federal government final say over the performance of self-driving vehicles, a measure that would preempt states from trying to set their own standards.

Todd Spangler | Detroit Free Press
July 27, 2017
Business

Conveyor Belt System to Move Cargo Around Great Lakes Locks Raises Questions

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

WASHINGTON — Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation raised concerns today that the Army Corps of Engineers may be considering an unorthodox alternative in a cost-benefit study that, if true, could potentially hurt the case being made for a new super-size navigational shipping lock at a key chokepoint on the Great Lakes.

Todd Spangler | Detroit Free Press
February 23, 2017
Government, Business, Technology

Rep. Fred Upton Wants NHTSA to Look at Vehicle Hacking

Office of Rep. Fred Upton

WASHINGTON — Leaders of a key congressional committee want auto safety regulators to tell them what they are doing to address concerns that vehicle safety may be compromised by hackers who may be able to affect automobiles by tapping into their systems through diagnostic ports and devices.

Todd Spangler | Detroit Free Press
September 13, 2016