July 24, 2021

NHTSA study forecasts dangerous rise in world temperatures by 2100

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By Jon Fingas From engadget But it’s being used to justify relaxing environmental standards. The Trump administration has accepted the scientific consensus of human-made global warming. However, it’s not being used to push for tougher environmental regulations — just the opposite, in fact. In a draft NHTSA environmental impact statement for Trump’s proposed fuel standards […]

Audi’s HD Matrix LED lights may soon be allowed on US roads

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By Roberto Baldwin From engadget After 10 years in development, the lights are being held up by bureaucracy. Headlights typically serve one purpose — helping drivers see the road. To illuminate the asphalt at night the lights traditionally had two settings. Low beams for driving around town and passing other vehicles or high beams for […]

You can legally [?] trick out your own car with self-driving tech

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BY BRETT WILLIAMS From Mashable Self-driving tech is on its way to cars — but for some, it’s not coming soon enough. While Tesla rolls out updates to Autopilot incrementally and other automakers fine-tune their autonomous platforms after years of development, some ambitious drivers are tricking out their own, regular cars with self-driving systems.  They’re […]

Investigation clears Tesla for fatal Autopilot crash

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By Roberto Baldwin From engadget The NHTSA found no defects in the automaker’s Autopilot system. Last May a Tesla Model S ran into a tractor trailer in Florida while in Autopilot mode. The collision resulted in the death of the driver Joshua Brown and prompted an investigation by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). […]

Proposed safety rule would require cars be able to “Talk” to each 0ther

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By Mary Beth Quirk From Consumerist The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed a new rule that would mandate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) on all new cars, saying the technology has enormous potential to reduce crashes and possibly save lives. “We are carrying the ball as far as we can to realize the potential of transportation technology […]

Kia recalls 72K Sportages over “thermal events” — a snazzy way of saying “fire”

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By Ashlee Kieler From Consumerist Blaze, inferno, and conflagration are all words that can be use interchangeably with “fire.” But, as referenced in Kia’s latest recall, the carmaker has its own term to describe the incident you never want to happen to your vehicle — “thermal event.” It’s for this fiery reason that the car […]

Anton Yelchin’s parents sue Fiat Chrysler over actor’s death

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By Ashlee Kieler From Consumerist Six weeks after the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was potentially linked to the confusing gear shifter in recalled Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler vehicles, the man’s family has filed a wrongful death and product-liability lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler.  The Associated Press reports that the lawsuit, filed in Los […]

Here’s the latest on the federal investigation into Tesla’s first fatal Autopilot crash

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By Danielle Muoio From Business Insider Tesla got some extra time to get its ducks in a row for a federal investigation into the first known fatality while a Tesla was driving in Autopilot. A Tesla Model S was involved in the first known fatal crash while Autopilot was activated May 7, prompting two separate government investigations […]

Safety Group Seeks to Intervene in Chrysler Case

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By Amanda Bronstad, From The National Law Journal A federal judge is weighing whether a prominent auto safety group can intervene in a class action to obtain sealed documents about an alleged electronic defect in Chrysler vehicles. The Center for Auto Safety, which petitioned the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Aug. 21 […]

GM GC begins investigation into fatal engine shutdowns

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By Sue Reisinger, From Corporate Counsel General Motors Co. has named general counsel Michael Millikin and outside counsel Anton Valukas of Jenner & Block to cohead an internal investigation into the company’s handling of complaints related to sudden vehicle shutdowns that led to at least 13 deaths. GM last week issued a recall [PDF] on […]