National Highway Traffic Safety Administration News

Tesla’s Release of New ‘Self-Driving’ Software Closely Watched by U.S. Regulator

The U.S. auto safety regulator on Thursday said it was closely watching Tesla Inc’s release of a software version intended to allow its cars to drive themselves, saying it stood ready to protect the public against safety risks. Tesla on …

Driverless Race Steps Up With Cruise Allowed to Drive Empty in San Francisco

OAKLAND, Calif. — The race for driverless autonomous vehicles is heating up and on Thursday Cruise became the first to receive a permit to test cars without anyone in them on the streets of San Francisco from California’s Department of …

U.S. Traffic Deaths Fell After Coronavirus Lockdown, But Drivers Got Riskier

U.S. traffic deaths fell during the coronavirus lockdowns but drivers engaged in riskier behavior as the fatality rate spiked to its highest level in 15 years, according to preliminary data released Thursday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported …

Uber Expands Self-Driving Safety Report After NTSB Slams Culture

Uber Technologies Inc. vowed to make public more safety information regarding its self-driving cars after the National Transportation Safety Board placed partial blame for a fatal 2018 crash on the company’s policies. The company made the pledge in an update …

US Rolls Out Free App For Alerts on Vehicle Recalls

DETROIT — The U.S. government’s road safety agency is offering a smartphone app that will alert drivers if their vehicles are recalled. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was scheduled to roll out the free app for both Android and …

Honda Motor Units to Pay $85M to Settle States’ Probe Over Takata Air Bags

NEW YORK — Units of Honda Motor Co have agreed to pay $85 million to settle an investigation by most U.S. states into its use of defective Takata airbag inflators in its vehicles, according to a consent order made public …

Inspector General To Audit U.S. Oversight of Auto Safety Standards

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General said on Tuesday it would audit oversight of U.S. vehicle safety standards, noting that more than 36,000 Americans were killed in traffic accidents in 2019. The inspector general’s office said it …

Safety Administration Probes Touchscreen Failures in Tesla Model S Cars

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tuesday it had opened an investigation into 63,000 Tesla Model S cars after reports of media-control unit failures that led to the loss of the use of touchscreens. The auto safety …

Recreational Pot Laws May Boost Traffic Deaths, Studies Say

Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits. Previous research has had mixed results and the new studies, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, …

Driving Hasn’t Found Its New Normal Yet

Memorial Day weekend, the typical start of the U.S. summer driving season, has come and gone. Data on just how much driving Americans did is trickling in, and it’s a bit noisy. Apple mobility trends show searches for directions down …