Government, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Autonomous, New Technology Merit NTSB’s Attention, Nominee Tells Senate Panel

Nominee Thomas Chapman Nominee Thomas Chapman addresses the Senate Commerce Committee. (commerce.senate.gov)

The National Transportation Safety Board needs to ensure technical skills are available and staff expertise is maintained to address concerns related to autonomous vehicles and new technology, nominee Thomas Chapman told a Senate panel Dec. 11.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 13, 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 | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB Calls Uber’s Fatal Crash a Lesson for All Automated Vehicle Testing

Self-driving Uber involved in fatal accident in Tempe, Ariz., in 2018 An investigator works at the scene of a fatal accident involving a self driving Uber car and a pedestrian walking a bicycle in Tempe, Ariz., in March of 2018. (ABC-15.com via AP)

A 2018 fatal pedestrian crash involving an Uber Technologies Inc. automated vehicle in Arizona indicates that the challenges of self-driving vehicle operations have not yet been solved, and underscores a lack of sufficient federal and state oversight of developmental automated vehicle testing, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board said at a Nov. 19 hearing in Washington.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 19, 2019

US Senate Committee Approves Nominee Michael Graham for NTSB

Robert Sumwalt NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt speaks at an industry event. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — The panel that oversees commercial transportation in the U.S. Senate easily approved the nomination of Michael Graham to join the National Transportation Safety Board through 2025.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 13, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Senate Confirms Robert Sumwalt, Jennifer Homendy to NTSB

Robert Sumwalt Sumwalt speaks at an industry event. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

Robert Sumwalt and Jennifer Homendy were confirmed by the Senate on Aug. 1 to continue serving on the National Transportation Safety Board.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 5, 2019
Government, Safety

NTSB Nominees Tout Safety Focus Before Senate Committee

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt began his tenure at the agency in 2006. (Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee)

WASHINGTON — Nominees to serve on the independent National Transportation Safety Board emphasized the need to continue to thoroughly investigate high-profile accidents to ensure the reliability of freight and passenger corridors during a Senate hearing July 24.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 24, 2019

NTSB Announces Leadership Changes

Robert Sumwalt NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt recently announced three leadership changes.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 5, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Study Shines a Light on the Dangers of Speeding

officer writing driver a ticket iStock

A new study highlighting the perils of speeding on the nation’s highways urges action by policymakers and transportation stakeholders.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 6, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Standardizing Collision Avoidance Systems Is One of NTSB’s Most Wanted Safety Improvements

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt by Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Automobile and truck manufacturers should develop a standard practice of installing collision avoidance technology in their vehicles, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which named the system as one of its 10 Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 4, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

During Shutdown, NTSB Didn’t Send Investigators to Many Fatal Accidents

NTSB NTSB investigator Robert Squire supervises the downloading of critical data from the truck involved in a bridge collapse in Mount Vernon, Wash., in 2016. (NTSB)

The National Transportation Safety Board said that during the 35-day partial government shutdown it was unable to dispatch investigators to multiple instances of fatal accidents.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 28, 2019