Articles by David Shepardson

U.S. Says Air Travel Safe After Workers Warn of Risks of Shutdown

U.S. airport security workers and air traffic controllers working without pay have been warning that security and safety could be compromised if the government shutdown continues, but the Trump administration said on Wednesday that staffing is adequate and travelers have …

Fiat Chrysler to Pay $700M to U.S., States, Car Owners Over Diesel Emissions Claims

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will pay more than $700 million to resolve lawsuits from the U.S. Justice Department and diesel owners over claims it used illegal software to allow 104,000 diesel vehicles to emit excess emissions, three people briefed on …

Safety Agency Streamlines Approval of Driverless Vehicles

The U.S. auto safety regulator said it is speeding up the process for reviewing whether automakers can deploy self-driving vehicles without devices such as brakes and steering wheels. Automakers must currently meet nearly 75 auto safety standards, many of them …

Deaths on Passenger Jet Aircraft Rise Across Globe in 2018

The fatality rate on passenger jet aircraft worldwide jumped in 2018 after airlines recorded zero accident deaths on passenger jets in the prior year, according to a Dutch consulting firm and an aviation safety group. Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 …

Pennsylvania Says Uber Can Resume Self-Driving Car Testing on Public Roads

Uber Technologies Inc received approval from Pennsylvania to resume self-driving car testing on public roads this week, state records show, nine months after it suspended the program following a deadly accident in Arizona. A company spokeswoman said on Tuesday Uber …

U.S. Safety Agency Streamlines Autonomous Vehicle Approvals

The U.S. auto safety regulator said on Tuesday it is speeding up the process for reviewing whether automakers can deploy self-driving vehicles without devices such as brakes and steering wheels. Automakers must currently meet nearly 75 auto safety standards, many …

Current Congress Unlikely to Pass Federal Bill to Speed Up Driverless Vehicles

A landmark U.S. bill that would speed adoption of self-driving cars is now “a long shot” to pass before the current Congress adjourns in the coming weeks, a key Republican senator behind the legislation said. Many automaker lobbyists and congressional …

Self-Driving Vehicle Regulation Bill Gets Late Push in Senate

Key U.S. senators are making a last-ditch effort to win approval of a bill to speed the use of self-driving cars without human controls, but face an uphill battle on Capitol Hill. Staff for Republican Senator John Thune and Democratic …

VW Investors’ $48M Diesel Settlement Receives Preliminary OK

A U.S. judge in California has granted preliminary approval to a $48 million settlement for investors who said Volkswagen AG made false and misleading statements over its excess diesel emissions. Lawyers for the investors, who include police and other municipal …

Safety Board Hearing Probes Fatal Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Explosion

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigative hearing on Wednesday into the fatal engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that killed one passenger. Dallas-based Southwest has been under scrutiny since an engine on a flight headed …