Articles by David Shepardson

National Safety Board Schedules Vote on Tesla Autopilot Crash Cause

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board will vote at a Sept. 12 hearing on the probable cause of a May 2016 crash that killed a man using the semi-autonomous driving system on his Tesla Model S sedan, the agency said …

Takata Files for U.S. Bankruptcy to Halt Air Bag Lawsuits

Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Wednesday in an effort to pause lawsuits against the company over faulty air bag inflators – more than a month after its U.S. unit filed for bankruptcy in the …

Volkswagen Wants Judge to Reject Wyoming Lawsuit

Volkswagen AG, trying to put a massive emissions-cheating scandal behind it, has asked a U.S. judge to reject a lawsuit by Wyoming potentially seeking more than $1 billion in additional penalties for environment damages. The ruling could help decide whether …

Honda Says Florida Crash Death May be Linked to Takata Air Bag Inflator

Honda Motor Co said on Thursday that a Takata airbag inflator ruptured in car crash in Florida, in what could be the 19th death worldwide linked to faulty airbags recalled as part of the largest automotive safety campaign in history. …

House Committee Advances Bill to Let Autonomous Vehicles Bypass States

A U.S. House panel on Wednesday approved a sweeping proposal by voice vote to allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards and bar states from imposing driverless car rules. Representative Robert Latta, …

Tesla Driver: Autopilot System Didn’t Cause Minnesota Crash

The driver of a Tesla vehicle involved in a crash in Minnesota on July 16 has denied that its Autopilot system caused the incident, according to an email released by the automaker on Monday. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department said …

FCC Expands Bandwith for Radar Used in Collision Avoidance Systems

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved allocating a larger consolidated block of spectrum for use by motor vehicle and aircraft radar systems to help avoid crashes. The FCC first approved 1 GHz of spectrum in 1995 for motor …

3 Automakers Recalling 2.7 Million More Takata Air Bag Inflators

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday that new testing is prompting Takata Corp. to declare 2.7 million air bag inflators defective in Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. vehicles. Takata air bag inflators …

Federal Judge Permits Some VW Investor Claims Over Diesel Scandal

A federal judge in California on Wednesday allowed some claims to proceed by investors who sued Volkswagen AG over its diesel emissions scandal, but agreed to the German automaker’s request to dismiss parts of the lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Charles …

House Panel Eyes Removing States’ Bumps in Road for Driverless Vehicles

Republicans and Democrats in Congress sparred on Tuesday over U.S. states setting rules for testing and deployment of self-driving cars and a proposal to allow automakers and technology companies to bypass existing regulations in introducing autonomous cars. Democrats on a …