Tom Krisher

Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

New Car Ratings Include How They Make Drivers Stay Alert

Tesla dashboard Tesla dashboard by Christopher Godney/Bloomberg News

DETROIT — Two organizations that influence many Americans’ automobile-buying decisions will begin rating vehicles on how well they track behavior of motorists who use partially automated driver-assist systems.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
January 21, 2022
Business

New Auto Sales Up in 2021, but Below Pre-Pandemic Numbers

New Auto Sales Up in 2021, but Below Pre-Pandemic Numbers Dodge Ram pickup trucks sit on display at Sam Leman Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep in Peoria, Ill. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

U.S. new vehicle sales rebounded slightly last year from 2020’s dismal numbers, but forecasters expect them to be more than 2 million below the years before the coronavirus pandemic.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
January 4, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla to Halt Games on Screens in Moving Cars

Tesla screen Tesla owner Vince Patton demonstrates on a closed course in Portland, Ore., how he can play video games on the vehicle's console while driving. (Gillian Flaccus/AP)

DETROIT — Under pressure from U.S. auto safety regulators, Tesla has agreed to stop allowing video games to be played on center touch screens while its vehicles are moving.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
December 23, 2021
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

US Probes Potential of Drivers Playing Video Games in Teslas

Tesla Vince Patton, a new Tesla owner, demonstrates on Dec. 8, 2021, on a closed course in Portland, Ore., how he can play video games on the vehicle's console while driving. (Gillian Flaccus, File/Associated Press)

ATHENS, Ohio — The U.S. has opened a formal investigation into the potential for Tesla drivers to play video games on a center touch screen while the vehicle is in motion.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
December 22, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel

GM Venture to Build Battery Chemical Plant

GM Venture to Build Battery Chemical Plant A GM logo is shown at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in Hamtramck, Mich. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press))

General Motors is forming a joint venture with Posco Chemical of South Korea to build a North American battery materials plant as it brings more steps in the electric vehicle supply chain under its umbrella.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
December 1, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB Wants Tesla to Limit Where Autopilot Can Operate

Tesla A Tesla at a Littleton, Colo., dealership. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

DETROIT — The head of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is calling on Tesla to act on recommendations to limit where its Autopilot driver-assist system can operate and to put a system in place to make sure drivers are paying attention.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
October 25, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

GM Plants That Closed Due to Chip Shortage to Reopen Nov. 1

Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierra pickups built at Flint Assembly are parked Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierra pickups built at Flint Assembly are parked in a lot in Flint, Mich., awaiting semiconductor chips. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via Associated Press)

DETROIT — For the first time in eight months, the global shortage of computer chips won’t force General Motors to keep any North American factories closed.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
October 22, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Tesla Hits Record Profit Despite Parts Shortage

A sign bearing the company logo outside a Tesla store in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver A sign bearing the company logo stands outside a Tesla store in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

DETROIT — Record electric vehicle sales last summer amid a shortage of computer chips and other materials propelled Tesla Inc. to the biggest quarterly net earnings in its history.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
October 20, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

NHTSA Deputy Steven Cliff to Be Nominated as Administrator

Highway Traffic on an Arizona highway. (Arizona DOT via YouTube)

A former California pollution regulator is being nominated to run the nation’s highway safety agency.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
October 20, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel

Toyota to Build $1.29 Billion US Battery Plant

lithium-ion battery Lithium-ion batteries for the Toyota Prius. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

DETROIT — Toyota plans to build a $1.29 billion factory in the U.S. to manufacture batteries for gas-electric hybrid and fully electric vehicles.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
October 18, 2021

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