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Feds Set to Issue Autonomous Vehicle Guidelines

Move seen as critical step in bringing self-driving cars to US market.

by on Mar.30, 2016

U.S. Transportation Foxx, shown here during an appearance at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

The technology is rapidly falling into place but the biggest challenge could be getting regulators and lawmakers to put into place the rules and laws needed to bring autonomous vehicles to market.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to begin laying out guidelines for self-driving vehicles in the next few months, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced.

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Federal regulators have said that autonomous vehicles could lead to a sharp drop in the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on American highways, and have already taken initial steps to encourage automakers to expand their research into self-driving and advanced safety technologies.

“Technology can help us,” said Foxx, during a meeting in Washington.


BMW Hit With $3 Mil Fine for Safety Delays

Feds say German maker dawdled on recall.

by on Feb.13, 2012

BMW delayed recalls on several models, including the 5-Series, NHTSA said.

Dawdling on safety will cost BMW $3 million.

The maker has agreed to pay that money in fines levied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which charged the German maker with failing to report safety defects and related information in a timely manner as required by federal law.  The settlement avoided any formal finding of wrongdoing.

The settlement concludes an investigation opened two years ago looking into alleged non-compliance with U.S. safety standards – which require that automakers notify the NHTSA within five days of learning about a safety defect or related problems.

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But after examining 16 separate recalls in 2010 NHTSA discovered numerous instances where BMW fell short, the agency’s Recall Management Division determining that, “BMW appears to maintain a practice, by design or habit, in which it provides little information” to the government despite the requirement.

The most serious issue involved BMW 5 and 6-Series cars from 2004-2010 and 7-Series models from 2002-2008.