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Google Wants to Know More About New Auto Industry Safety Consortium

Autonomous vehicle chief Krafcik upbeat about Obama Admin’s new proposals.

by on Jan.14, 2016

This time the government is moving fast, said John Krafcik (l), head of Google's autonomous vehicle program, in Detroit.

The head of Google’s autonomous vehicle program said he wants to learn more about a precedent-setting auto industry consortium that will be announced in Detroit on Friday.

Organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the group will be aimed at bringing new safety technology to market faster than would be possible through the traditional regulatory process while also pushing those breakthroughs on to as broad a consumer market as possible.

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“I’d guess I’d want to see more and understand more,” John Krafcik, the CEO of Google’s self-driving car program said in response to a question from TheDetroitBureau.com. He was at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to attend another announcement by NHTSA and the U.S. Department of Transportation. (more…)

NHTSA Toughens Crash Ratings System

Ratings now cover use of nine accident-preventing technologies.

by on Dec.09, 2015

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx laid out the plans for a revised safety ratings for new vehicles.

Federal regulators have rolled out a revised safety rating system that will now reflect the use of nine advanced technologies designed to not only keep motorists safe in a crash but also help them avoid accidents in the first place.

The updated, 5-star system will upgrade the way vehicles are tested in frontal, side and rollover accidents, and they now will take into account whether those cars, trucks and crossovers also use any of nine different technologies, such as forward collision warning or auto headlight systems.

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“We’re going to raise the bar when it comes to protecting vehicle occupants,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. (more…)

Failure to Recall May Cost Makers $300 Million

Feds propose raising top-end find nearly tenfold.

by on Apr.30, 2014

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants to raise the maximum fine against automakers failing to meet recall rules to $300 million.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants automakers to know his department means business with his latest proposal that would raise the maximum fine for not recalling a vehicle in a timely manner nearly tenfold.

As part of the administration’s transportation reauthorization proposal, Foxx proposed making the top fine $300 million, up from the current cap of $35 million. The department doubled the previous high in 2012 raising it from $17.5 million to current figure of $35 million.

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Foxx believes the current top fine isn’t enough of a deterrent for automakers to not obey the rule requiring companies to issue a recall within five days of determining the vehicles pose a safety risk to drivers. (more…)