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Tesla chief Elon Musk reserves his Twitter account to stoke the flames of public sentiment, and his latest endorsement in 140 characters or less was for the implicit endorsement of Autopilot by a top federal regulator. Speaking at a conference in Detroit on Friday, Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), […]

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Despite a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S operating with the vehicle’s semi-autonomous “Autopilot” software engaged, the federal government will not slow down the development of self-driving cars. Speaking at the Automated Vehicle Symposium in San Francisco, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator (NHTSA) Mark Rosekind said that “no one incident will derail the Department […]

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Last Friday. a Michigan resident said Autopilot was engaged when he crashed and rolled on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in his Tesla Model X. According to the Detroit Free Press, the accident occurred the day after the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration announced an investigation on a fatal incident involving a Tesla Model S, which was operating […]

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Following an early May death of a Model S driver operating the car in Florida in its semi-autonomous Autopilot function, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening a preliminary evaluation. Today Tesla issued a blog post saying it had delivered information to NHTSA following the car’s careering into a tractor trailer which had […]

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Despite tweets last Friday by Tesla CEO Elon Musk implying federal regulators have dismissed allegations that Model S suspensions have design defects, this is not the case. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) actually said last week it is looking further into concerns initially raised by writer Edward Niedermeyer in the Daily Kanban, and […]

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Ford Motor Co., Volvo Cars, Google, Uber Technologies, and Lyft, have formed a coalition to push federal action forward on self-driving cars. The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets has a mission “to work with lawmakers, regulators, and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles.” David Strickland, the former top official […]

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Rules that will require plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) to emit certain sounds are being delayed. The “quiet car” rules for hybrid and electric cars have been in the works since 2013 and aim to mandate audio alerts at low speeds for hybrids and electric vehicles, or any vehicle that operates at low speeds without an […]

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Ten companies are now licensed to drive autonomous vehicles in various states on U.S. roads, and three of them have been involved in crashes in California. To examine things at this stage, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute examined the yet-limited miles and data to draw what conclusions it could. Compared to conventional vehicles, […]

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A former director with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the office asked for steep fuel efficiency increases for SUVs as a negotiation technique, knowing that the requested numbers were unrealistic. In 2011, the EPA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the major carmakers met to create new fuel economy and emissions standards set […]

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An automaker trade group wants regulators to grant CAFE credits for autonomous technology. Collision warnings, automated braking and adaptive cruise control are more than just safety features, said Mitch Bainwol, president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. They are fuel-efficiency boosters. Bainwol’s industry lobbying group represents 12 auto manufacturers, including Ford Motor Co., […]

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