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Automakers Can’t Sacrifice Safety in Rush to Autonomous Driving, Warns Transportation Sec. Foxx

“People who start a trip” should “finish it.”

by on Jul.20, 2016

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said safety must be the top concern when it comes to the development of autonomous vehicles.

Safety, rather than the rush to be first to market, must be fundamental to the development of autonomous vehicle technology, according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The government will move ahead with plans to release new guidelines covering the development of self-driving vehicles later this summer, Foxx said during a speech in San Francisco. But regulators are clearly keeping in mind the series of collisions that have involved Google autonomous vehicle prototypes and the May 9 fatal crash of a Tesla Model S being driven in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode.

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“We want people who start a trip to finish it,” Foxx said. And while “Autonomous doesn’t mean perfect,” he cautioned that, “We need industry to take the safety aspects of this very seriously.” (more…)

Feds Expecting Pushback on New Autonomous Vehicle Rules

Despite advocates’ claims, some question safety of self-driving vehicles.

by on Apr.07, 2016

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosakind is an advocate for autonomous vehicles, believing they can improve safety on U.S roadways.

With the first semi-autonomous vehicles already on the road, industry watchers suggest fully self-driving vehicles could start rolling into showrooms by 2020, perhaps even sooner. But there are some key obstacles in the way, and not all of them are technological.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes to address one of the most significant roadblocks by introducing new federal guidelines overseeing development of automated vehicles, and it will hold a first public hearing on Friday.

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NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind has suggested that the use of autonomous vehicles could eventually eliminate highway deaths in the U.S., and wants the agency to help promote development of the technology. But there are plenty of skeptics who plan to attend this week’s meeting, including some safety experts who want to slow the process down. (more…)

To Connect or Not to Connect? Federal Regulators Disagree Over New Car Tech

Connected-car systems could save lives – but might also open motorists up to privacy problems.

by on Oct.23, 2015

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is pushing for more V2V and V2I based safety technologies on U.S. roadways in the near future.

Maybe they need a better connection. Several senior government regulators have taken what appears to be opposing positions on the need to mandate connected-car technology in the next few years.

While the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week said he favors the use of the technology, believing it could reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities, a senior official with the Federal Trade Commission warned Congress this week that rushing connected cars to market could compromise privacy.

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Connected-car rules proposed by the Department of Transportation falls short of “providing any substantive protections for consumer data,” warned Maneesha Mithal, associate director of the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. (more…)

Federal Regulators Plan to Rush Out Connected Car Rules

Technology could sharply reduce crashes, proponents claim.

by on May.14, 2015

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the proposed rules for connected cars will be completed earlier than expected.

With proponents promising the technology could significantly reduce crashes, U.S. regulators plan to speed up the process of developing new rules requiring cars to electronically talk to one another.

Proposed connected car guidelines will now be released by the end of this year, according to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The government had originally said the proposal wouldn’t be ready until sometime in 2016.

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“Connected, automated vehicles that can sense the environment around them and communicate with other vehicles and with infrastructure have the potential to revolutionize road safety and save thousands of lives,” Foxx said during a visit to the Silicon Valley research center operated by automotive supplier Delphi. (more…)

Golden Age of Drivers: 50-Year-Olds Hit Highest Levels Ever

Aging drivers means rethinking America’s roadways.

by on Mar.24, 2015

America's driving population is getting older and those over 50 are at their highest levels ever.

Americans are not only driving at near-record levels these days, the number of drivers 50 and older is higher than ever, according to government data.

The Federal Highway Administration says that drivers over 50 account for nearly 45% of all licensed motorists on the roads: a jump of 22% since 2003. They accounted for 43.6% in 2012. The jump is partly due to the fact that younger drivers aren’t as quick to get a license as they have been in the past.

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Perhaps even more important is that the fastest growing segment of drivers is those over 85, nearly doubling from 1.76 million in 1998 to 3.48 million in 2013 – the second-highest amount ever recorded. (more…)

Feds Mull New Rules to Make Cars Talk to Each Other

Technology could be used to warn drivers of possible crashes.

by on Aug.19, 2014

Collision avoidance systems improve safety for individual vehicles, but potential new rules might use similar technology to make roads safer for all.

Black boxes in vehicles already track a variety of bits of information that is used by safety officials, automakers and others to determine what a car or truck does after it does it. However, the Obama administration is looking to use that information in real time to save more than 1,000 lives annually.

Using vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology that allows vehicles to talk to one another and warn drivers of a potential collision could save an estimated 1,083 lives prevent 592,000 crashes annually, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Using V2V technology could provide drivers an advanced warning of a possible accident Left Turn Assist (LTA) and Intersection Movement Assist (IMA) scenarios. The systems use radio waves to send out signals that are received and interpreted by other vehicles. Depending upon the data sent, the systems could provide drivers with warnings. (more…)

Federal Safety Agency Won’t Force GM to Park Cars

Foxx tells Senators action isn’t necessary.

by on May.08, 2014

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told two U.S. Senators that his department would not force GM to issue a park-it-now order for 2.6 million recalled vehicles.

Despite the persistent efforts of two U.S. Senators, the federal government will not force General Motors to issue a “park-it-now” order for the 2.6 million small cars subject to recall for faulty ignition switches.

“Such an action is not necessary at this time,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in letters to Senators Edward Markey (D., Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.). The two had asked last month for that warning.

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It marked the second time in two months that GM has dodged an order to park the vehicles immediately. A federal judge in Texas denied a request in April for an emergency order that GM tell owners to quit driving the cars, saying that only the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had the power to issue such a mandate. (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…)