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New law would protect people who save dogs from hot cars

A Georgia senator has proposed a bill for good samaritans

A Georgia senator has proposed a bill for good samaritans.

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Senate votes to kill rule against discriminatory auto lending

Senators voted 51 to 47 to disapprove the guidance

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday invalidated Obama-era guidance aimed at preventing auto lenders from charging borrowers higher rates based on factors such as race or national origin. The Senate voted 51 to 47 to disapprove the guidance, which was issued in 2013 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and regarded by critics as an overstep of the agency's powers.

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U.S. senators announce deal on self-driving car legislation

Won't apply to trucks; more details will be coming out today.

Details will be coming out today.

Senate bill would secure the 'internet of things,' from cars to fridges

A bid to force manufacturers to make cars and other devices more secure.

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US Senate asks Tesla CEO to come chat about Autopilot

Mr. Tesla goes to Washington.

US Senator John Thune wants some answers from Tesla CEO Elon Musk about that fancy Autopilot thing.

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Four takeaways from the Congressional hearings on self-driving cars

Senate asks industry about national testing facility, initial deployment, privacy and more.

Self-driving car executives and Congressional leaders alike warned this week that the lack of a cohesive national policy toward autonomous vehicles would hinder their development. But that wasn't their only concern.

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CNG vehicles might get boost in congressional EV bill

Provisions in House and Senate transportation bills would benefit CNG-powered vehicles. It isn't clear which, if any, of them will make it to the final legislation.

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Senators want civil, criminal actions against VW

Senators Richard Blumenthal and Amy Klobuchar are requesting that the Department of Justice pursue civil and criminal charges against VW for its emissions evasions. They don't want the agency to accept any kind of plea deal from the automaker.

A look at the sweeping Senate transportation bill

The Senate and House are moving toward a showdown over a must-pass transportation bill this week. Highway aid payments to states could stop.

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Biodiesel gets a boost from 36 US Senators

Senators Want The EPA To Up The Amount Of The Biofuel In The RFS

A group of 36 Senators are pushing for the Environmental Protection Agency to increase the proposed volume of biodiesel under the revised Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Senate fails to pass law to hold auto execs accountable for safety defects

The Senate Commerce Committee accepted some amendments to improve auto safety in the new transportation bill, but several wider reaching ones failed. Among them, auto execs aren't going to face criminal punishments for safety lapses, and used car dealers don't need to fix recalls before selling a vehicle.

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Rental cars companies forced by law to have recalls repaired

An amendment to a bill in the Senate would force rental car companies to repair recalled vehicles before handing over the keys to customers.

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Takata declines Senator's plan for airbag compensation fund

Despite government urging, Takata says that it has no plans to create a compensation fund for those harmed by the company's faulty airbag inflators. US Senator Richard Blumenthal plans to keep pressing the issue, though.

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Feds developing new laws for three-wheeled autocycles

Senator David Vitter of Louisiana - home of Elio Motors - would create a new category for NHTSA and the EPA that would regulate three-wheeled vehicles that are neither car nor motorcycle.

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Senate votes to offer incentive to auto safety whistleblowers

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee gave its full support to a bill that would encourage whistleblowers in the auto industry. Under the legislation someone that speaks out could get 30 percent of any federal fines against automakers for safety lapses.

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Monza in jeopardy as Italian senate rejects bailout plan

The Autodromo Nazionale Monza has been a mainstay of Formula One since its inception, but if it doesn't get the funding it needs, it could find itself in serious trouble - and lose the Italian Grand Prix in the process.

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Parts shortage could mean airbag inflator replacement takes two years

Drivers in the US might be stuck with quite a wait to get their vehicles repaired under the Takata airbag inflator recall. As things stand now, the Japanese supplier could need as long as two years to produce enough replacement parts to service every affected model in America. If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is successful in Chris Bruce

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Obama nominates Mark Rosekind for next NHTSA administrator

Current NTSB Board Member Could Fill Void

Amid two of the greatest safety crises in automotive history, the federal agency charged with protecting American motorists may finally have a new leader.

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NHTSA undergoing Congressional scrutiny over Takata scandal

With the Takata airbag debacle still yet to be resolved, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found itself in hot water again. Parties both from within and from without the agency's ranks are asking hard questions about NHTSA's handling of the widespread recall, and now the agency's leadership will have to answer some of those hard questions.

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Tesla gets legal go-ahead to sell EVs in Pennsylvania

Gov. Corbett Signs Pro-EV Bill Into Law

Tesla Motors has been fighting to sell cars in many states, but has come up against laws prohibiting the electric automaker to exercise its direct-to-consumer business model. Such has been the case in Pennsylvania. Recently, though, Tesla worked out a deal with the Pennsylvania senate to appro

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