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NHTSA Issues New Rules for Autonomous Cars to Skip Some Safety Standards

NHTSA Issues New Rules for Autonomous Cars to Skip Some Safety Standards

To bring autonomous vehicles to market quicker, the NHTSA has updated its rules to allow self-driving vehicles to skip specific federal crash safety requirements. The new rules only pertain to vehicles that won’t carry people.

Vineeth Joel Patel2021-01-17 07:20 PT

Daimler’s U.S. Truck Unit Fined $30 Million by the NHTSA for Delaying Recalls

Daimler’s U.S. Truck Unit Fined $30 Million by the NHTSA for Delaying Recalls

Daimler AG’s North American truck unit on Thursday agreed to pay a $30 million civil penalty from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to resolve an investigation over delayed recalls. It’s the second time since 2019 the German automaker has agreed to settle a probe by U.S. auto safety regulators.

FutureCar Staff 2020-12-31 11:30 PT

General Motors Forced to Recall Nearly 6 Million Vehicles Due to Defective Takata Airbags

General Motors Forced to Recall Nearly 6 Million Vehicles Due to Defective Takata Airbags

​U.S. automaker General Motors will recall millions of vehicles due faulty airbag inflators, which can injure occupants if the vehicle’s airbags are deployed during an accident. The airbags in question were supplied by Japanese auto supplier Takata Corporation and are installed in GM vehicles beginning in the 2007 model year through 2014.

Eric Walz2020-11-23 10:45 PT

Tesla’s New 'Full Self-Driving' Beta Software is Being Closely Watched by U.S. Regulators

Tesla’s New 'Full Self-Driving' Beta Software is Being Closely Watched by U.S. Regulators

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it was closely watching Tesla’s latest beta software that launched on Tuesday, which allows its vehicles to drive themselves without human intervention. The NHTSA said it was standing by and ready to protect the public against safety risks.

FutureCar Staff 2020-10-22 13:55 PT

Tesla’s Quality Control is in the Spotlight After a Model Y Glass Roof Detaches on a California Freeway

Tesla’s Quality Control is in the Spotlight After a Model Y Glass Roof Detaches on a California Freeway

Picking up a brand new vehicle and driving it home from the dealer is generally an exciting day for new car owners, especially if its a brand new Tesla Model Y crossover. However, for one California family this experience was a bit unnerving, after the panoramic glass roof of their brand new Model Y suddenly became detached on a California freeway.

Eric Walz2020-10-05 14:00 PT

Tesla Under Investigation by the NHTSA Over Failing Touchscreen Displays in the Model S

Tesla Under Investigation by the NHTSA Over Failing Touchscreen Displays in the Model S

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Tuesday it had opened an investigation into 63,000 Tesla Model S electric sedans after owner reports of media-control unit failures that led to the loss of the use of center-mounted touchscreens.

Eric Walz2020-06-24 14:00 PT

NHTSA to Investigate Deadly Accident Involving Tesla Model S in California

NHTSA to Investigate Deadly Accident Involving Tesla Model S in California

An accident involving a Tesla Model S and a Honda Civic left two passengers dead took place on December 29 and will be investigated by the federal government.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-01-04 06:00 PT

GM Holding Talks With NHTSA for Autonomous Cars Without Steering Wheels

GM Holding Talks With NHTSA for Autonomous Cars Without Steering Wheels

Roughly a few years after introducing a petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, General Motors is close to getting an answer to self-driving cars without steering wheels or backup drivers.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-12-28 07:00 PT

General Motors Recalls 3.46 Million Vehicles in North America for Brake Problem

General Motors Recalls 3.46 Million Vehicles in North America for Brake Problem

General Motors announced on Wednesday it was recalling 3.46 million U.S. pickup trucks and SUVs to address a vacuum pump issue that could make braking more difficult and that has been linked to 113 accidents and 13 injuries.

Eric Walz2019-09-11 11:45 PT

U.S. Moving to Block California Vehicle Emissions Rules

U.S. Moving to Block California Vehicle Emissions Rules

Two U.S. agencies are preparing to submit for final White House regulatory review a plan to revoke California’s authority to set its own vehicle greenhouse gas standards.

FutureCar Staff 2019-09-05 09:00 PT

Waymo Urges U.S. to 'Promptly' Remove Regulatory Barriers to Self-Driving Cars

Waymo Urges U.S. to 'Promptly' Remove Regulatory Barriers to Self-Driving Cars

On Thursday, Waymo urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to “promptly” remove regulatory barriers for cars without steering wheels and brake pedals. General Motors is also seeking permission to sell car without human controls.

Eric Walz2019-08-29 19:00 PT

Tesla Received a ‘Cease and Desist’ Letter From U.S. Regulators Last Year Over Model 3 Safety Claims

Tesla Received a ‘Cease and Desist’ Letter From U.S. Regulators Last Year Over Model 3 Safety Claims

Last October, Tesla received a cease-and-desist letter last year from regulators for making “misleading statements” over crash ratings for the Model 3 sedan, as well as two subpoenas related to crashes involving its cars.

Eric Walz2019-08-07 10:05 PT

GM Faces Pushback From U.S. Regulators in its Effort to Deploy Self-Driving Cars

GM Faces Pushback From U.S. Regulators in its Effort to Deploy Self-Driving Cars

GM requested that U.S. regulators waive some automobile safety standards, including deploying autonomous vehicles without a steering wheel or pedals, to make it possible to deploy a ride-sharing fleet of driverless cars.

Eric Walz2019-05-22 17:03 PT

The NTSB Determines Tesla ‘Autopilot’ Was Engaged Before Fatal Crash in Florida

The NTSB Determines Tesla ‘Autopilot’ Was Engaged Before Fatal Crash in Florida

After a fatal accident in Florida involving a Tesla Model S operating in “Autopilot” mode, the National Highway Safety Board (NHSB) launched an investigation. The preliminary report determined that the driver engaged Autopilot around 10 seconds before crashing.

FutureCar Staff 2019-05-16 15:00 PT

U.S Drops Plans Requiring a Throttle, Brake Override System in Vehicles

U.S Drops Plans Requiring a Throttle, Brake Override System in Vehicles

​After dozens of fatal accidents a decade ago involving Toyota and Lexus vehicles that were initially blamed on faulty electronics leading to "unintended acceleration", the NHTSA proposed regulations that would have required that all motor vehicles have a brake pedal that can override the accelerator pedal in emergency situations. On Monday, the NHTSA said that since automakers have voluntarily installed these systems on all new vehicles, it's dropping plans mandate it.

Eric Walz2019-05-13 14:58 PT

Chinese Automaker Kandi Gets Approval to Import 2 Electric Models to the U.S.

Chinese Automaker Kandi Gets Approval to Import 2 Electric Models to the U.S.

Chinese automaker Kandi Technologies is bringing two electric model to the U.S. Kandi announced it has received approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to import two models to the United States—the Kandi Model EX3 compact SUV and compact Model K22. Both vehicles are fully-electric.

FutureCar Staff 2019-02-20 17:29 PT

US-NHTSA to Update Guidelines for Testing Autonomous Vehicles

US-NHTSA to Update Guidelines for Testing Autonomous Vehicles

As the self-driving sector continues to mature, so does the guidelines surrounding various aspects of development.

Michael Cheng2018-10-10 11:15 PT

NHTSA to Probe Tesla Autopilot Crash in Utah

NHTSA to Probe Tesla Autopilot Crash in Utah

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Wednesday that it was sending a team to investigate the crash of a Tesla Model S in Utah last week.

Eric Walz2018-05-16 17:28 PT

Court Blocks Trump Administration Order to Delay Increase of Fuel Mileage Penalties

Court Blocks Trump Administration Order to Delay Increase of Fuel Mileage Penalties

A federal court in New York on Monday blocked the Trump administration’s decision to delay a rule that would raise penalties for automakers who do not meet federal fuel efficiency requirements.

Jacky Ho2018-04-23 17:22 PT

Tesla’s Lack of a Black Box is Making Life Difficult for Investigators

Tesla’s Lack of a Black Box is Making Life Difficult for Investigators

Since all of the data that’s stored on Tesla’s is in a proprietary format, only the automaker can access the information, making it difficult for investigators to get at the root cause of the incident.

Vineeth Joel Patel2018-04-12 10:30 PT