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Fatal Car Crash Involving a Self-Driving Uber Shows There are Major Flaws in the Software, Hardware, and Testing Procedures Involving Autonomous Vehicles

The first fatality involving a “self-driving” vehicle and a pedestrian occurred in Tempe, Arizona on March 18, 2018. The self-driving Uber vehicle was traveling northbound on Mill Avenue near the intersection with East Curry Road/Washington Street in Tempe, Arizona. The … Read More

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Takata Airbag Death Toll Reaches 22

Just this past week hundreds of thousands of vehicles were added to the massive Takata airbag recall list. Tragically, another name was also added to the list of victims from these exploding airbags. Following a crash in Malayasia, it was … Read More

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American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies Act

The Senate Commerce Committee is working on crafting a draft proposed bill on Automated Vehicles in the Senate. The AV START Act represents a positive step forward toward the eventual integration of automated driving systems into the vehicle fleet. However, … Read More

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How Automatic Braking can Prevent Back Up Injuries

From automatic emergency braking (AEB) and adaptive cruise control (ACC), to lane keep assist, every U.S. automobile manufacturer is either currently making use of Crash Avoidance Technology (“CAT”) or they are required to do so within the next several years.[1]  … Read More

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New Cars Being Sold with Unsafe Takata Airbags

Toyota Motor Corp., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, VolkswagenAG and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. are still selling new vehicles in the U.S. with defective airbags that will eventually have to be recalled, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee said in … Read More

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Recent Developments in Crash Avoidance Technology

Crash Avoidance Technology (CAT) is becoming commonplace. Uber, Google, and Tesla, not particularly known for their auto manufacturing, are making strides in autonomous vehicle technology, and both IIHS and NHTSA are working CAT features into their testing and evaluations. The … Read More

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Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute Recals for Accelerator Problems

Faced with mounting complaints and multiple deaths involving uncontrolled acceleration of Ford Escapes and Mazda Tributes, Ford and Mazda under mounting pressure recalled more than 500,000 Ford Escapes model years 2001-2004 and Mazda recalled more than 200,000 2001-2008 Tributes, the … Read More

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Investigation Moves into Next Phase, But Will the Agency Ever Force a Recall to Stop the Death Toll from Rising?

NHTSA recently upgraded its investigation of the potential increased fire risk in certain model year Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1997 to 2004, which was applauded by auto safety advocates across the U.S. after years of pushing for more action in … Read More

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