Articles by David Shepardson

Waymo, Nonprofits Team Up for Safety Campaign on Self-Driving Cars

AAlphabet Inc.’s self-driving car unit Waymo and several groups are launching a campaign aimed at convincing skeptical Americans of what they say is the value and safety of driverless cars, as Congress considers how it will regulate the technology. The …

GM Says Driverless Cars Faultless in 6 Accidents in September

General Motors Co.’s self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, told California regulators its vehicles were involved in six crashes in the state in September, but said none of automated vehicles were responsible. The accidents did not result in any injuries or serious …

Trump Administration Seeks $29B in Hurricane Disaster Relief Funds

The Trump administration on Wednesday asked U.S. lawmakers to approve $29 billion in disaster relief funds to assist victims of recent hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The aid request includes $12.8 billion in new funds to help …

U.S. Senate Panel Gives Green Light to Bill to Speed Use of Self-Driving Cars

A U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday unanimously gave the green light to a bill aimed at speeding the use of self-driving cars without human controls, a measure that also bars states from imposing regulatory road blocks. The bill still must …

Safety Groups Oppose Autonomous Driving Bill Backed by Car Makers

A coalition of auto safety advocates criticized a bill before the U.S. Congress that would allow automakers eventually to sell up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles annually if they could demonstrate they are as safe as current vehicles. The measure, the …

Key Committee Senators Reach Deal on Autonomous Vehicle Bill

Two U.S. senators said late on Wednesday that they had reached a bipartisan deal on legislation aimed at easing hurdles to getting self-driving cars to drivers. U.S. Senator John Thune, a Republican who chairs the Commerce Committee, and Senator Gary …

U.S. Safety Board Says Train Crash Engineers Had Undiagnosed Sleep Disorder

The engineers in two New York City area commuter train crashes suffered from sleep apnea that had not been diagnosed, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. The NTSB released factual findings on Thursday regarding its investigations into …

Trucking Industry Backs Bills Easing Self-Driving Vehicle Regulation

A U.S. trucking trade group and truck maker Navistar International Corp. urged a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday to include self-driving commercial trucks in proposed legislation intended to speed autonomous vehicles to market. The House last week unanimously approved a …

Tesla ‘Operational Limitations’ Cited for ‘Major Role’ in Crash by Safety Board

The chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday “operational limitations” in the Tesla Model S played a “major role” in a May 2016 crash that killed a driver using the vehicle’s semi-autonomous “Autopilot” system. The …

Congress Eyes More FEMA Disaster Aid, Short-Term Flood Insurance Renewal

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency will run out of disaster assistance funding on Friday unless Congress approves more money, two Florida senators warned on Thursday. As Hurricane Irma barrels through the Caribbean on its way to an expected landfall …