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Government, Business, Safety

Driver’s Untreated Sleep Apnea Contributed to 2018 Fatal Crash, NTSB Says

CPAP machine CPAP machine by cherrybeans/Getty Images

A National Transportation Safety Board investigation concluded that lack of a “robust medical certification evaluation process” on the federal level to identify and treat commercial drivers at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea was one of three safety issues that contributed to a fatal, multivehicle heavy truck-involved crash in 2018.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 9, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

GAO’s Recommendations on NTSB’s ‘Most Wanted List’ Prompt Action

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

The head of the National Transportation Safety Board agreed more transparency would improve the public’s understanding of a high-profile report after a federal watchdog recommended better access to its methodology.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 7, 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
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

NTSB Critical of Tesla, Apple in Probe of 2018 Crash

NTSB Board hearing to investigate a 2018 fatal Tesla crash NTSB board hearing on Feb. 25, 2020 via ntsb.windrosemedia.com

The 2018 fatal crash of a Tesla Inc. SUV, in which an Apple Inc. employee was playing a game on his company-issued phone and the car veered into a divider, highlights the “misuses of technology,” a U.S. investigator said Feb. 25.

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
February 25, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla to Face Fresh Autopilot Scrutiny After Company Snubs NTSB

Tesla dashboard Tesla dashboard by Christopher Godney/Bloomberg News

The National Transportation Safety Board on Feb. 25 will convene its second hearing on a fatal crash involving Tesla Inc.’s automated driver-assist technology, even though the pioneering automaker hasn’t filed formal responses to recommendations stemming from the first one more than two years ago.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
February 24, 2020
Government, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Federal Policymakers to Draft Self-Driving Vehicles Bill

Frank Pallone Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) by J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Policymakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are aiming to draft a bipartisan measure that would guarantee the deployment of lifesaving technologies in self-driving vehicles, the chairman of a key committee said Feb. 11.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 11, 2020
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 | Senior 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 | Senior 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
Government

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 | Senior Reporter
November 13, 2019

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