NHTSA

Government, Safety

Traffic Deaths Decline for First Time Since 2020

Traffic on U.S. 101 in Los Angeles Traffic on U.S. 101 in Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Traffic fatalities on U.S. roads declined in the second quarter, halting an almost two-year rise even as Americans are driving more.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
September 19, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NHTSA Needs a New Chief With Road Deaths at 20-Year High

Ann Carlson Ann Carlson takes over at NHTSA until a permanent administrator is nominated. Traffic by Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is operating without a Senate-confirmed leader again, leaving a void atop the agency tasked with preventing road injuries and deaths even as the number of fatalities moves sharply in the wrong direction.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
September 12, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Road Deaths Climb for Seventh Straight Quarter as Driving Increases

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Traffic fatalities on U.S. roads grew 7% in the opening three months of the year, reaching the highest levels for the first quarter since 2002.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
August 17, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NHTSA Administrator Steven Cliff Leaves for CARB

Steven Cliff Steven Clliff by C-SPAN

Steven Cliff, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is stepping down from his post for a leadership role at the California Air Resources Board.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 12, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NHTSA Probes Tesla Crashes That Killed Two Motorcyclists

tesla autopilot A Tesla car with the Autopilot feature engaged. (Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg News)

DETROIT — Two crashes involving Teslas apparently running on Autopilot are drawing scrutiny from federal regulators and point to a potential new hazard on U.S. freeways: The partially automated vehicles may not stop for motorcycles.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
August 5, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NHTSA’s Steven Cliff Says Agency to Scrutinize Auto-Driver Technology

Steven Cliff Steven Clliff by C-SPAN

WASHINGTON — The new head of the government’s road safety agency says it will intensify efforts to understand the risks posed by automated vehicle technology, so it can decide what regulations may be necessary to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
June 29, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

NHTSA Reports ADS, ADAS 12-Month Crash Data

Embark truck Autonomous trucking company Embark says it has never been involved in a NHTSA- or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration-reportable crash since it was founded in 2016. (Embark)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for the first time, collected and analyzed data on crashes involving vehicles using SAE Level 2 advanced driver assistance systems, and separately, SAE Levels 3-5 automated driving systems.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 23, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

NHTSA Says 273 Teslas With Automated Driving Systems Have Crashed

The Tesla logo on a vehicle The Tesla logo on a vehicle. Tesla has about 830,000 vehicles with partly automated systems operating on U.S. roads. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

DETROIT — Tesla reported 273 crashes involving partially automated driver-assist systems, according to statistics about the industry released by U.S. safety regulators on June 15.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
June 14, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Senate Confirms Steven Cliff to Lead NHTSA

Steven Cliff Traffic by Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

DETROIT — The Senate on May 26 confirmed former California pollution regulator Steven Cliff to run the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

May 27, 2022
Government

Nearly 43,000 Deaths on US Roads in 2021, NHTSA Says

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DETROIT — Nearly 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the highways after the pandemic forced many to stay at home.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
May 17, 2022

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