Regulation

Senate bill aims to secure cars from hackers, protect consumer privacy

3:12 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

A bill proposed by two U.S. senators would direct NHTSA and the Federal Trade Commission to establish rules that would secure cars against hackers and protect consumer privacy. The proposal comes as Fiat Chrysler offers a software patch to close a loophole that let two hackers take control of a moving Jeep SUV....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: How Honda Finance’s settlement could be a win for all retailers

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

At face value, the consent order between Honda Finance and the CFPB over lending practices doesn’t seem like a gift to retailers industrywide, but it could be....
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U.S. Senate weighs highway bill with modest safety reforms

1:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

A six-year highway funding bill considered by the Senate would provide a path for safety regulators to impose bigger fines on automakers and take limited steps to address loopholes in the nation's auto recall system, but it falls short of some stricter measures sought by Democratic lawmakers....
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JASON STEIN

Birthday wish for CFPB: Get real

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Five years after it was created, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should seek additional information and better methodology to ensure it is really protecting consumers from discrimination....
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Private tracks best venue to test self-driving cars, key U.S. senator says

3:16 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Self-driving cars would be "better" tested on private test tracks than on public roads, said a U.S. senator who has authored several bills on advanced vehicle technologies, after Google disclosed injuries in its latest accident involving a prototype....
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VIDEO: CFPB responds to dealers on discrimination

3:25 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Regulator spars with dealer at NAMAD conference over policy....
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Google self-driving car was rear-ended July 1, causing minor injuries

11:07 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

One of Google's self-driving cars was involved in an accident early in July, in which three people were injured when a vehicle equipped with Google technology was rear-ended by another vehicle, the company said....
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Friedman to leave NHTSA after serving as interim boss

12:25 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

David Friedman, deputy administrator of NHTSA and its interim leader during the 2014 General Motors recall crisis, is leaving his position, the agency confirmed today....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

PSA exec foresees single regulation for diesel and gasoline emissions

July 17, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's chief engineer for downsized gasoline engines foresees a day when there is a single regulation for diesel and gasoline emissions. Denis Fourchon also told Automotive News Europe that diesels will struggle to remain Europe's top powertrain as gasoline engines become more fuel efficient....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: In dealer-reserve debate, CFPB, NADA and American Honda Finance strive to move ball

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

The debate over dealer-arranged auto loans has taken on new dimensions in recent weeks with various stakeholders seeking the upper hand....
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Mobileye offers alternative route to Google's driverless future

8:06 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Automotive technology supplier Mobileye's plans for bringing hands-free driving to market marks a contrast with the headline-grabbing effort by Google, whose moonshot, bottom-up approach aims to transform the auto industry in one dramatic sweep. Mobileye is already making money with systems that lay the stepping stones toward a driverless future....
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Smartphonelike car displays challenge safety policymakers

7:34 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smartphones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea?...
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GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 121

11:15 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

General Motors' faulty ignition switches are now linked to 121 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said....
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NHTSA sees FCA penalties over recall, safety shortcomings

4:14 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expected to face penalties by NHTSA for violating auto safety laws over its handling of recalls under federal scrutiny. NHTSA officials used a roughly three-hour hearing Thursday to detail and spotlight FCA's safety and recall shortcomings....
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GM fund leaves out scores hurt or killed in cars with switch flaw

10:53 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

GM's compensation fund for faulty ignition switches covers only 2.59 million vehicles with that specific flaw. GM says a similar defect subsequently detected in an additional 10 million vehicles is ineligible for compensation because the company recalled the cars immediately after discovering the flaw. Some victims and their advocates think GM should expand the fund for other victims....
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GM ignition-switch death claims rise to 119

11:32 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 119 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said....
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Message to NHTSA: Reform first, funding later

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

In previous congressional hearings on auto safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's shortcomings in major defect cases were largely cast as the result of corporate deception and a lack of agency resources. But a yearlong audit released last week by the U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general zeroed in on NHTSA's own failures, and made clear that its problems go much deeper than funding....
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EDITORIAL

Fixing NHTSA's flaws is not NHTSA's job alone

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has systemic flaws that undermine its ability to police auto safety. Improving NHTSA will take work, but the basics are simple....
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European automakers call for CO2 emissions delay

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

The automakers' lobby group, ACEA, has asked the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to postpone a 2025 CO2 emissions target that is currently being worked on by officials, saying the industry needs until 2030 – or about two full model cycles – to meet a new target....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Should driverless cars make life-or-death decisions?

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

The gearheads have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident....
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Google starts road tests of new self-driving car prototypes

2:26 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Google said it had started testing the latest prototypes of its self-driving cars on Mountain View, Calif., roads, with safety drivers aboard....
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Takata president makes public apology for airbag deaths

6:17 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Takata President Shigehisa Takada made a public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's airbags dating back more than a decade. Takada, 49, bowed and apologized at a press briefing in Tokyo after the company's annual shareholders meeting today....
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Subaru recalls 72,000 vehicles in U.S. for possible brake failure

8:56 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Subaru is recalling 72,000 newer-model vehicles in the U.S. because the automatic pre-collision braking part of the driver-assist system could fail, increasing the risk of a crash, according to documents posted online by federal safety regulators....
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FCA to recall 164,000 Jeep Cherokees

1:46 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is launching a voluntary recall of about 164,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs globally to install shields that protect the power liftgate control components from moisture....
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Senator calls for compensation fund for Takata airbag injury victims

10:00 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

An influential U.S. senator today called for troubled supplier Takata to establish a fund to compensate victims injured or killed by its ruptured airbags. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., pressed Kevin Kennedy, executive vice president for Takata's North American affiliate, to establish a fund similar to the one created by GM last year....
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