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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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The redesigned for 2015 Honda Fit has received a 5-Star safety rating. This is the top score available in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The completely redesigned Fit earns both a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a NCAP 5-Star Overall […]

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With the development of near-noiseless electrified vehicles, lawmakers have called for pedestrian alert systems, but a federal rule that was supposed to take effect in 2018 will be delayed. For drivers behind the wheel of a hybrid or electric car, the quiet motor is peaceful. But proponents of the law say it has proven dangerous […]

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Ford’s new Ecoboost-powered 2015 full size SUVs have received a high safety rating from the NHTSA. Both the 2015 Ford Expedition and the 2015 Lincoln Navigator earned a five-star New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the highest possible overall rating. The NCAP was established to […]

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Audi’s 2015 A3 and S3 sedans, offering a mix of diesel, turbocharged and gasoline engines, have earned a 5-Star overall crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program. This New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) rating is the highest crash test rating currently available, being added to IIHS Top […]

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