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If Americans want to save money, higher fuel economy standards can only help, says Consumers Union. The word by the consumer advocacy behind Consumer Reports comes after research, surveys, and having been in on talks for years on the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. It also comes as those rules for 2022-2025 are […]

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A Tesla driver who initially blamed its Autopilot semi-autonomouus system for a collision that injured five people has had a change of mind. The driver is David Clark, 58, and news this week quickly went out that he’d assigned responsibility to the car’s technology for the rollover last Saturday night in Hawick, Minn. The 2016 […]

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The Tesla Model S failed for the second time to achieve a Top Safety Pick+ rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety following its “small front overlap” test. Previously, the IIHS tested a 2016 model year Model S and determined the safety belt allowed the crash dummy’s torso to move too far forward and strike […]

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One Tesla owner got a big shock yesterday as his accelerator pedal snapped off while driving. The story comes from user benjiejr on the Tesla Motor Club forum. He was showing off his Model S P85D to a friend and his nephew. After going through the car’s features it was time to show off the […]

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Tesla vehicles equipped with the Autopilot feature will not be recalled, federal safety regulators said today, after closing an investigation into a fatal crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) closed its investigation into a Florida crash last May in which Joshua Brown was killed when his Model S crashed into the side of […]

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A new federal proposal for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications comes from a dozen years of discussions, but it may have chosen an unpopular technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sees V2V being essential in advancing connectivity, autonomous vehicles, and safety. The agency estimates up to 1,321 lives a year could be saved by V2V-related […]

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Apple has refused to confirm or deny it is developing an autonomous electric vehicle, but a recent letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates it does have skin in the game. The Nov. 22 letter to NHTSA from Steve Kenner, Apple’s director of product integrity said Apple “is investing heavily in the […]

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Finally, after three years, electric and hybrid vehicles will be required to emit sound alerts at low speeds so that pedestrians, especially the visually impaired, can hear them. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a new rule yesterday requiring all electric and hybrid vehicles to create noise at up to 19 miles per […]

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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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