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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, 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, 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
Government, Business, Autonomous

Tesla Criticizes Acceleration Petition Filed to NHTSA

An aerial photograph taken above the Tesla assembly plant in Fremont, Calif., in October 2019. Tesla Inc. has pushed back against a petition filed with NHTSA alleging a defect that can cause unintended acceleration in its vehicles.

Tesla Inc. fired back against a petition filed with U.S. regulators, saying in a blog post Jan. 20 that it’s “completely false and was brought by a Tesla short seller.”

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
January 21, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Stakeholder Comments Mostly Endorse Trading Rearview Mirrors for Camera Systems

Rearview camera A MirrorEye camera monitor system display inside a heavy-duty truck. (Orlaco Products)

Despite some cautionary notes, public comment on a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advanced notice of proposed rulemaking largely favored permitting camera-based, rear-visibility systems to replace mirrors on light vehicles and heavy trucks.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

1.4 Million Air Bags to be Recalled

Takata building Paul Sancya/Associated Press

Takata Corp., the auto parts supplier that went bankrupt after its air bags spurred the largest-ever recall, told U.S. safety regulators that another 1.4 million U.S. vehicles need to be repaired over a potentially deadly defect.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
December 4, 2019
Government, Technology, Autonomous

NHTSA Extends Comment Window on Draft Test Procedures for ADAS

Volvo Active Driver Assist Volvo Active Driver Assist by Volvo Trucks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is extending the comment period for members of the public to offer feedback on draft research test procedures to assess certain types of advanced driver assistance systems.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 22, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Congressional Policymakers Drafting Autonomous Vehicles Bill

Panelists at Senate Commerce Committee hearing on autonomous vehicles Senate Commerce Committee panelists (left to right) Joel Szabat of USDOT, James Owens of NHTSA and Robert Sumwalt of NTSB address autonomous vehicles. (Commerce.Senate.Gov)

WASHINGTON — Long-awaited legislation that would set a federal regulatory framework for automated vehicles is being drafted by transportation leaders in Congress, the chairman of the Senate panel with jurisdiction over freight affairs confirmed Nov. 20.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NHTSA Evaluating Complaint About Alleged Tesla Battery Flaw

Tesla Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received a petition calling for an investigation of certain Tesla Inc. electric cars and is evaluating the complaint, according to a notice posted on regulator’s website.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
October 4, 2019
Government

Acting NHTSA Leader Heidi King to Resign Aug. 31

Heidi King, acting head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Heidi King, NHTSA's deputy administrator, was nominated to the top post earlier this year. (C-SPAN)

Heidi King, acting head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will step down from the agency at the end of the month, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Aug. 12.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 12, 2019

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