Articles by David Shepardson

Uber Disabled Brake of Self-Driving Car in Arizona Fatal Crash

Uber had disabled an emergency braking system in a self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March even though the car had identified the need to apply the brakes, the National Transportation Safety Board said in …

White House Hosts Meeting on Future of Artificial Intelligence

The White House plans to convene a meeting on Thursday on the future of artificial intelligence in U.S. industry with major companies including Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Oracle Corp. as well as senior government officials. …

U.S. Selects 10 Drone Test Projects

The U.S. Transportation Department’s 10 winning drone pilot projects aimed at spurring the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in a wide variety of fields do not include Amazon.com Inc. and China’s DJI, but do involve Alphabet Inc., Qualcomm Inc. and …

Uber Hires Ex-Regulator for Safety Advice; Website Says Software Flaw Caused Accident

Uber Technologies Inc. on Monday said it has retained a former top U.S. transportation official to advise it on safety after a fatal self-driving crash in March, but it declined to comment on a technology website’s report that a software …

U.S. Safety Chief Contradicts Tesla Safety Claims on Autopilot

A U.S. traffic safety regulator on Wednesday contradicted Tesla Inc.’s claim that the agency had found that its Autopilot technology significantly reduced crashes, saying that regulators “did not assess” the system’s effectiveness in a 2017 report. Autopilot, a form of …

Audi Recalls 1.16 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Volkswagen AG’s luxury unit Audi said on Tuesday that it is recalling 1.16 million vehicles worldwide because of concerns that an electric coolant pump could overheat or short-circuit from moisture within the pump and pose a fire risk. Audi told …

U.S., Europe Order Emergency Checks on 700 Engines Like One in Southwest Accident

U.S. and European airline regulators on Friday ordered emergency inspections within 20 days of nearly 700 aircraft engines similar to the one involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines engine blowout last week, citing risks of a similar mishap. The directives …

Southwest Sends $5K to Each Passenger on Engine Failure Flight

Southwest Airlines Co. confirmed Friday it has sent $5,000 checks to passengers aboard a flight that made an emergency landing this week after an engine failed, killing a passenger. The airline confirmed news reports from passengers it had sent the …

Regulators Had Concerns About Engine Type That Blew in Southwest Plane

European regulators this month began requiring an inspection by early next year of the type of engine that blew apart on a fatal Southwest Airlines flight on Tuesday, and a source said U.S. regulators were near a similar rule. The …

Toyota Plans to Sell Talking Cars in U.S. Within 3 Years

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to start selling U.S. vehicles that can talk to each other using short-range wireless technology in 2021, the Japanese automaker said on Monday, potentially preventing thousands of accidents annually. The U.S. Transportation Department must decide whether …