Articles by David Shepardson

Automakers Grapple with What To Do with Drivers in Autonomous Vehicles

Automakers are using tiny cameras, sensors to track drooping heads, steering wheel monitors and audible alerts to ensure drivers pay attention when using advanced driver assistance systems, like Tesla’s Autopilot, that allow drivers to take their hands off the wheel. …

Senators in Drive to Remove Regulatory Roadblocks for Driverless Cars

A bipartisan trio of U.S. senators said on Tuesday they planned to introduce legislation to remove regulatory roadblocks to the introduction of self-driving cars, including sorting out conflicts between state and federal rules. Republican Senator John Thune, who chairs the …

Congress May Override State Rules on Self-Driving Vehicle Testing

Congress is working on national self-driving vehicle legislation that could replace state-by state rules and make it easier for automakers to test and deploy the technology, senior U.S. House and Senate lawmakers told Reuters on Tuesday. The chairman of the …

Feinberg Could Be Tapped to Head $1B Takata Compensation Fund

A federal judge may tap attorney and longtime compensation adviser Kenneth Feinberg to oversee claims for nearly $1 billion that Takata Corp. will pay out to victims of defective air bag inflators linked to numerous deaths and injuries, court officials …

Automakers Seek Changes to Federal Autonomous Vehicle Guidelines

President Donald Trump’s administration will unveil revised self-driving guidelines within the next few months, the head of the U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday, responding to automakers’ calls for regulations that will eliminate barriers and allow autonomous vehicles on the …

Toyota, BMW, Mazda, Subaru Settle Takata Airbag Economic Loss Claims

Four automakers agreed to a $553 million settlement to address class-action economic loss claims covering owners of nearly 16 million recalled vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbag inflators, court documents filed on Thursday showed. Toyota Motor Corp.’s share of the …

Apple, Tesla Want California to Toughen Proposed Self-Driving Car Test Rules

Apple Inc. urged California to toughen up its proposed policy on testing self-driving cars, a move that would result in more public data that could help Apple catch up to rivals in the self-driving space by giving it a better …

United Passenger’s Lawyers Preparing to Drag Airline Into Court

Lawyers for the passenger dragged from a United Airlines plane in Chicago filed an emergency request with an Illinois state court on Wednesday to require the carrier to preserve video recordings and other evidence related to the incident. Citing the …

Automakers Recalled Record 53 Million Vehicles in U.S. in 2016

Automakers recalled a record 53.2 million vehicles in 2016 in the United States after a massive expansion of the callback to replace Takata Corp. air bag inflators, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday. Under aggressive enforcement by the Obama …

Trump Administration Reviewing Obama’s Autonomous Vehicle Guidance

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said on Sunday she is reviewing self-driving vehicle guidance issued by the Obama administration and urged companies to explain the benefits of automated vehicles to a skeptical public. The guidelines, which were issued in September, …