Articles by David Shepardson

‘Public Is Tired of Excuses’ for Delays in Anti-Crash Tech: Republican Chairman

The chair of a congressional committee on Thursday urged U.S. railroads and transit agencies to meet a looming deadline to install an anti-crash technology called positive train control after a series of recent crashes. “I think the American public is …

Trump Administration Plans Autonomous Vehicles Regulatory Summit

Auto manufacturers, technology companies, road¬†safety¬†advocates and policy makers will attend a March 1 conference over potential government actions that could speed the rollout of autonomous cars, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday. Last month, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said …

U.S. Safety Board Blames Two NYC-Area Commuter Crashes on Sleep Disorders

A U.S. investigative agency said on Tuesday that two New York City area commuter train crashes were the result of engineers with undiagnosed sleep disorders. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) criticized the lack of safety systems in both crashes …

Senate Committee Hopes to Restart Bill to Ease Entry of Driverless Cars

The chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday said he is pursuing different strategies to win approval this year of landmark self-driving car legislation that could make it easier for automakers to get thousands of cars on the …

Backers Call for Restarting Stalled Bipartisan Bill to Speed Autonomous Vehicles

Automakers and lawmakers expressed hope on Tuesday that U.S. Congress would soon pass a stalled bill aimed at speeding self-driving cars to market, even as safety advocates argued for more performance requirements. The U.S. House of Representatives in September unanimously …

After Another Death by Airbag, Ford Warns Owners of Older Pickups to Stop Driving

Ford Motor Co. said on Thursday it had confirmed a second death in an older pickup truck caused by a defective airbag inflator of Takata Corp. and urged 2,900 owners in North America to stop driving immediately until they can …

Railroads Urged to Accelerate Installation of Safety System

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urged the nation’s railroads and transit agencies to take all possible measures to meet deadlines to install a safety system called positive train control (PTC) to prevent crashes. Letters dated Dec. 27, which were made …

2017 Was Safest Year Ever for Airlines

Airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets last year, according to a Dutch consulting firm and an aviation safety group that tracks crashes, making 2017 the safest year on record for commercial air travel. Dutch aviation consulting firm …

Trump Effort to Roll Back Rail Safety Rules Questioned Following Amtrak Crash

As investigators sift through the wreckage of this week’s Amtrak train crash in Washington state, critics have begun questioning President Donald Trump’s recent efforts to roll back or delay finalizing U.S. rail safety regulations. Making American railroads safer drew renewed …

U.S. Adds 7 Nuclear Sites to ‘No-Drone Zone’ List of Military Bases, Landmarks

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it will bar drone flights over seven major U.S. nuclear sites, including Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The move is the latest in a series of growing restrictions on unmanned aerial vehicles …