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CEO Embraces Responsibility, Presses Federal Governent For Consistency

Volvo has an easy answer for all the hand-wringing about whose responsible when self-driving cars crash.


Swedish Automaker's Pledge May Be First In Autonomous Era

Volvo says it will accept liability for accidents that occur in autonomous operations, a major step in the fledgling driverless era.


Feds Seek Assistance From Some Experts, Ignore Help From Other Ones

Cars have become hacking targets, but documents show the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is struggling to address automotive cyber threats.


Company Co-Founder Says Collaborators Could Be 'Top-Tier OEMs'

Google wants to partner with an existing OEM to bring its self-driving car technology to the market, a company co-founder said Tuesday.


With Marijuana's Rise, More States Find Firm Answers Are Hard to Come By

As more states consider rescinding bans on recreational marijuana use, lawmakers, police officers and transportation officials are urging each other to prepare for an increase in drugged drivers. Exactly how should they brace for a siege of stoned drivers? No one is quite sure.


Like The EPA, DOT Officials Chill Hope For Protections In Copyright Law

Independent researchers have uncovered major cyber-security weaknesses and emissions scams, but the government agencies that benefit most don't appreciate the help.


After Volkswagen's Cheating, Agency Plans To Increase Oversight Of Entire Industry

Environmental Protection Agency officials said Friday they plan to increase oversight of the auto industry in the wake of Volkswagen's cheating. How? That's unclear.


Copyright Law Could Soon Prohibit Independent Vehicle Research

The three crises that rollicked the auto industry in recent months – a rising death toll related to the General Motors ignition-switch defect, the Jeep Cherokee hack and now the Volkswagen cheating scandal – all have one thing in common. Outsiders discovered the problems.


VW Customers Have Contacted One Firm In 'Unprecedented' Numbers

Livid at the prospect of losing thousands of dollars from the value of their cars and performance from their diesel engines, many owners of Volkswagens are headed to court.


University Team Measured Big Gaps In Jetta, Passat Testing

A team of four researchers at West Virginia University unpeeled the first layers of Volkswagen's diesel cheating scandal. Here's how they did it.


NHTSA Chief Wonders If Other Automakers Employ Same Tricks

Volkswagen's emissions cheating will have ramifications for the entire auto industry when it comes to dealing with regulators, says federal safety official.


West Virginia Researches Found Anomalies In May 2014

Fallout from Volkswagen's revelation that it engaged in cheating on emissions testing continued Monday, with the company's stock falling more than 15 percent and a Congressional subcommittee announcing an investigation into the German auto giant's conduct.


Test Shows Autonomous Parking Systems Perform Better Than Humans

Drivers are steering clear of autonomous parking systems, even as new research shows cars are more adept at parallel parking than humans.


VW Purposely Evaded Emissions Tests For Diesels, EPA Says

Volkswagen intentionally installed software in nearly a half-million diesel vehicles that helped the cars evade substandard results on emissions tests, the federal government charged Friday.


One Attorney Describes Fine As 'Pennies In A Fountain'

Years after rescuing the company from bankruptcy, safety advocates feel the US federal government has once again bailed out General Motors.


Volvo's new SUV earns top marks in small-front overlap test.


Interlock Device Detects Alcohol Through Skin, Not Breath

Drunk drivers kill approximately 11,000 people every year in the United States, a level of carnage that remains stubbornly high despite enormous resources expended by law enforcement officers and safety advocates intent on stopping them. One possible solution now lies in the palms of their hands.


Agreement Sets Stage for Ford, General Motors Negotiations With Union

The two-tiered wage structure that governs the way domestic car companies pay their unionized employees – and rankles many of them in the process – could soon be a thing of the past.


Texas Grandfather Had Underestimated Rising Waters

A Texas man and his grandson were trapped in their Honda Odyssey minivan by rising floodwaters last week. Two police officers who happened upon the scene pulled the pair to safety.


Federal Officials Call Safety Pledge A 'Historic Commitment'

Ten automakers pledged Friday to make certain automatic crash-prevention technologies standard on all new cars. Federal officials said it was a "historic" agreement.


Motorists Praise Own Driving Habits, Often Critical Of Their Family

More than 85 percent of drivers consider themselves fairly good or very good drivers, according to the results of a new survey. But they're far less likely to extend such praise in assessing the performance of family members.

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