U.S. Congressional leaders seek more time to study new mpg rulesMon, 29, Aug 2016
Three Congressional leaders on Monday asked top federal environmental and safety officials to extend by 60 days the public comment period on new vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards.
U.S. issues 'call to action' after traffic deaths riseMon, 29, Aug 2016
The U.S. government is seeking support from researchers and data scientists to help understand and ultimately combat the leading causes of traffic deaths after a significant spike last year. The Obama administration today issued what it called an “unprecedented call to action” as it released a final analysis of traffic fatality data from 2015, when roadside deaths jumped by 7.2 percent from 2014 to 35,092, the most since 2008.
Driverless cars? Safety tech has work to doMon, 29, Aug 2016
The first wave of active safety technology - features such as emergency braking, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control - has reduced accidents. But experts say several aspects must be improved before today's advanced driver assistance systems, known as ADAS, can be depended upon in fully autonomous vehicles.
Takata says truck carrying airbag inflators exploded; 1 dead, 4 injuredMon, 29, Aug 2016
A truck transporting Takata airbag inflators and propellants that are at the center of a global recall exploded in Texas last week, resulting in one death and four injuries, the embattled auto parts supplier said today.
California passes toughest greenhouse gas emission curbsThu, 25, Aug 2016
California is poised to make the nation's strictest carbon emission controls even tougher, with a bill to cut greenhouse-gas discharges to 40 percent less than 1990 levels by 2030 now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.
France denies it omitted elements in Renault emissions reportWed, 24, Aug 2016
France's Environment Ministry denied it had omitted key elements concerning some Renault cars in a report on vehicle pollution it commissioned following the Volkswagen emissions scandal last year.
U.S. rejects automakers' request to extend fuel comment deadlineTue, 23, Aug 2016
U.S. regulators denied a request by major automakers to extend the comment period on environmental analysis to determine whether government fuel efficiency requirements are feasible through 2025.
Tesla owner in Autopilot crash won't sue, but car insurer mightFri, 19, Aug 2016
A Texas man said the Autopilot mode on his Tesla Model S sent him off the road and into a guardrail, bloodying his nose and shaking his confidence in the technology. He doesn’t plan to sue the electric-car maker, but his insurance company might.
California lawmaker to withdraw zero emissions vehicle billThu, 18, Aug 2016
A California lawmaker said she will withdraw a bill that would have required 15 percent of new car sales be zero emission vehicles by 2025 due to opposition from automakers, the oil industry and labor.
California lawmaker to float zero-emissions vehicle billFri, 12, Aug 2016
A California lawmaker plans to introduce a bill this week requiring 15 percent of all vehicles sold in the state to be emissions-free by 2025. Assemblywoman Autumn Burke says the legislation is needed to ensure that California's current zero emissions vehicle target is met with actual vehicles and not just clean car credits, which environmentalists claim have flooded the market.
VW gets German regulator's approval to fix 460,000 diesel vehiclesSun, 14, Aug 2016
Volkswagen received German regulatory approval to carry out technical fixes on 460,000 diesel cars fitted with software that skirts emissions tests.
China proposing California-like mandates for EVsFri, 12, Aug 2016
China will consider mandates that carmakers produce more electric vehicles or purchase carbon credits from their peers, potentially emulating California's system and transitioning from a subsidy-driven approach to catalyzing cleaner cars.