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Federal Gov. Adopts New Rule Setting Safety Standards for Driverless Automobiles

The Biden Administration has issued a final rule intended to ensure safety of occupants in automated vehicles. This rule updates the current Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to account for vehicles that may be equipped with automated driving systems (ADS) …

Hyundai, Kia are Sued After Recalling Vehicles Because of Fire Risk

Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Corp were sued on Friday by drivers who claimed a defect in their vehicles’ anti-lock brake systems could trigger fires. The proposed class action filed in the federal court in Santa Ana, California, followed the …

Over 1.7M Hondas Probed for Unexpected Automatic Braking

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that the automatic emergency braking systems on more than 1.7 million newer Hondas can stop the vehicles for no reason. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 278 …

Progressive Says Technology Pulling Auto Safety in Opposite Directions

While automakers are making progress in including lifesaving automatic safety devices with their latest vehicles, advances in another kind of technology may be having the opposite effect on auto safety. According to a new report by Progressive, the increasing availability …

Consumer Reports, Insurance Safety Institute to Rate Vehicle Driver Automation Systems

Two nonprofit bodies, Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), said separately on Thursday they are reviewing safeguards put in place by automakers for vehicles with partial automation. The announcements come amid scrutiny of Tesla’s driver assistance …

US Auto Safety Agency Presses Tesla on Video Game Feature

WASHINGTON — Expressing concern about distraction-affected vehicle crashes, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Wednesday it is discussing with Tesla Inc the electric carmaker’s software update that lets users play video games on a touch screen …

Are Autonomous Vehicles Safe for Public Roads? There’s a Tool for Gauging That.

Aurora, the Silicon Valley self-driving startup founded by former Tesla, Uber and Google executives, has released what it says is the industry’s first tool for evaluating whether and when autonomous trucks and cars are safe to deploy on public roads …

Safety Agency Recommends 50,000 Chevy Bolt Owners Park Outside to Prevent Fires

U.S. auto safety regulators on Wednesday urged about 50,000 owners of General Motors electric Chevrolet Bolt vehicles that were recalled last year to park outside and away from homes and other structures after charging because of fire risks. Earlier on …

Tesla to Recall 135,000 U.S. Vehicles Under Pressure From Auto Safety Regulators

WASHINGTON — Tesla Inc has agreed to recall 134,951 Model S and Model X vehicles with touchscreen displays that could fail and raise the risk of a crash after U.S. auto safety regulators sought the recall last month, according to …

U.S. Agencies Question FCC Plan to Shift Auto Spectrum to Wi-Fi

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Transportation and Treasury departments raised strong objections to a plan proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to shift much of a key spectrum block set aside for auto safety to accommodate the burgeoning number of …