Happy Monday from Quick Shift, your daily dose of mobility news. Check out this past weekend's headlines. — Shiraz Ahmed
Slowdown at the DOT: The Associated Press has an investigative report out on the U.S. Department of Transportation's approach to proposed safety regulation governing the trucking, airline, shipping, rail and auto industries. The analysis finds that a number of high-profile safety initiatives have been withdrawn or stalled — including the vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity requirement pushed by the Obama administration.
Automotive News Staff Reporter Shiraz Ahmed reports that carmaker and state regulator advocates of V2V technology are moving forward without federal action.
Meanwhile, NHTSA, still without an officially nominated head, is reportedly seeking to step up enforcement of vehicle quality issues and defects.
Ditching the driver: Fully autonomous vehicles could be hitting California streets by April, sans safety driver — earlier than anticipated. State regulatory agencies begin mulling the change last fall, but company would still be required to utilize remote monitoring and steering operators who could take over the vehicle in case of emergency.
Nissan will begin operating a self-driving service with safety drivers in Japan in March.