National Highway Traffic Safety Administration News

Profit-Driven Automakers Race to Next Level of Not Quite Self-Driving Cars

Autopilot, ProPilot, CoPilot: Automakers have many names for new systems that allow for hands-free driving, but no safety or performance standards to follow as they roll out the most significant changes to vehicle technology in a generation. Spurred by Tesla …

Tesla, Drivers, Regulators All to Blame for Fatal Crash, Says Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board says two drivers, Tesla and lax regulation of new partially automated driving systems are to blame for a fatal 2019 crash in Florida involving a Tesla on Autopilot. The NTSB, in a report issued last …

U.S. Agency Rewrite of Rules Will Speed Up Arrival of Self-Driving Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tuesday it was proposing sweeping changes to U.S. safety requirements to speed the deployment of self-driving vehicles without human controls. The agency said it is proposing to rewrite 11 safety standards that …

Feds to Investigate Deadly Tesla Crash in California

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the crash of a speeding Tesla that killed two people in a Los Angeles suburb, the agency announced Tuesday. Agency spokesman Sean Rushton wouldn’t say whether the Tesla Model S was on …

Auto Safety Test Pits Traditional Car Mirrors v. Rear/Side Cameras

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to test how drivers could use cameras to replace traditional rearview mirrors in automobiles, a technology already allowed in other countries, the agency said on Tuesday. The planned test by the agency …

Congress Looks to Jump Start Stalled Driverless Vehicle Bill

Two key committees in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday said they will revive efforts to pass long-stalled legislation to speed the adoption of self-driving cars. The House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Commerce Committee sent automakers, safety groups and …

Study Questions Safety Claims About Tesla Autopilot’s Steering Feature

An analysis of government data disputes a finding by safety regulators and promoted by Tesla Inc. that crash rates of its older vehicles declined after they were equipped with an automatic steering capability. The study, released Friday by Quality Control …

Nevada Gets Federal Grant to Improve Pedestrian Safety

The state of Nevada has won a $40,000 federal grant to make streets safer for pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the awarding of the grant Monday to the Nevada Department of Public Safety. Reno police say the …

New York Governor Says Limo That Crashed Shouldn’t Have Been on the Road

The supersized limousine that crashed and killed 20 people outside a country store failed a safety inspection last month and shouldn’t have been on the road, and the driver wasn’t properly licensed, New York’s governor said Monday. The state moved …

Investigators Probe Cause of New Jersey School Bus Crash That Killed Two

First, a scraping sound. Then, chaos and panic as a bus taking a group of fifth-graders on a field trip collided with a dump truck and toppled over on a busy highway, killing a student and a teacher and injuring …