Tom Krisher

Government, Business

Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Toyota Seek to Restart Factories

An employee works inside a Toyota manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky., in August 2019. An employee works inside a Toyota manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky., in August 2019. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota took steps March 26 to restart North American factories that have been closed to protect workers from the coronavirus.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 26, 2020
Government, Business

Factories Pivot to Fight Coronavirus, but Challenges Abound

Robots weld a vehicle at the GM Orion Assembly plant in Michigan in May 2011. Robots weld a vehicle at the GM Orion Assembly plant in Michigan in May 2011. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

Factories across industries are trying to answer the call of duty amid a pandemic that has so far claimed more than 15,000 lives and sickened 350,000 people globally.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 23, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB Blames Drivers, Tesla, Lax Regulations in Florida Crash

A Tesla Model 3 departs after charging at the Tesla Supercharger station in Kettleman City, Calif., in July 2019. A Tesla Model 3 departs after charging at the Tesla Supercharger station in Kettleman City, Calif., in July 2019. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

The National Transportation Safety Board says two drivers, Tesla and lax regulation of new partially automated driving systems are to blame for a fatal 2019 crash in Florida involving a Tesla on Autopilot.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 20, 2020
Business, Safety

Automakers Shut North American Plants Outright Over COVID-19 Fears

UAW assemblymen work on a 2018 Ford F-150 in September 2018. UAW assemblymen work on a 2018 Ford F-150 in September 2018. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

Concerns about the spreading coronavirus forced most of North America’s auto plants to close, at least temporarily.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 19, 2020
Government, Business, Autonomous

US Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles

The Nuro R2 is entirely autonomous and is designed to carry goods such as groceries in temperature-controlled compartments. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration granted temporary approval for Silicon Valley robotics company Nuro to run a low-speed autonomous delivery vehicle in February. (Nuro via Associated Press)

The U.S. government is coming out with new regulations aimed at changing automotive passenger safety standards that could be barriers to autonomous vehicles.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

GM Shows 13 EVs in Bid to Match Tesla

GM's all-new modular platform and battery system, Ultium, on the GM Tech Center campus GM's all-new modular platform and battery system, Ultium, on the GM Tech Center campus in Warren, Mich., on March 4, 2020. (Steve Fecht/General Motors via Associated Press)

DETROIT — General Motors, trying to refashion itself as a futuristic company with technology to compete against Tesla, rolled out plans March 4 for 13 new electric vehicles during the next five years.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 4, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety

Kia Recalls SUVS, Vans on Electrical Problem That Can Cause Fires

The Kia recall includes Sorento SUVs from 2007 through 2009 and Sedona minivans from 2006 to 2010. The Kia recall includes Sorento SUVs from 2007 through 2009 and Sedona minivans from 2006 to 2010. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

Kia is joining its affiliate Hyundai in recalling thousands of vehicles in the U.S. because water can get into a brake computer, cause an electrical short and possibly a fire.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
February 21, 2020
Government, Business, Autonomous

Tesla Offers $2B in Added Shares, Stock Goes Up Despite Dilution

The Tesla logo on a 2020 Model X. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Shares of Tesla rose about 1.5% in trading the morning of Feb. 13 after the electric vehicle and solar panel maker said it would sell over $2 billion worth of additional shares.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
February 13, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

GM Recalls Pickups for Second Time on Software Glitch

A row of 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks sit at a dealership in Colorado in July 2019. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, GM's most popular U.S. vehicle, is included in this recall. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

General Motors is recalling about 162,000 full-size pickup trucks worldwide for a second time because of faulty brake control software that was installed in a recall from last year.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
February 7, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

NHTSA Grants First Approval for Vehicle Without Human Driver

The Nuro R2 is entirely autonomous and is designed to carry goods such as groceries in temperature-controlled compartments. The Nuro R2 is entirely autonomous and is designed to carry goods such as groceries in temperature-controlled compartments. (Nuro via Associated Press)

For the first time, the U.S. government’s highway safety agency has approved a company’s request to deploy a self-driving vehicle that doesn’t meet federal safety standards for human-driven cars and trucks.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
February 6, 2020

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