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NHTSA Says Google Can Test Cars Without Drivers Or Even Steering Wheels

13 hours agoVehicles / Cars : Motor Authority

In a letter posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website this week, NHTSA told Google it can test autonomous cars without drivers, steering wheels, brake pedals, or throttle pedals. The move fits with the promise the Department of Transportation's made in January to remove obstacles to the development of autonomous...

Should Computers Qualify as Drivers?

20 hours agoVehicles / Cars : TopSpeed

As driverless car technology grows, so does the controversy surrounding autonomous motoring. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) came out to say they are considering self-driving cars to qualify as drivers under federal law. Show More Summary

Closer than we think: Ruling from US agency solves a big problem for self-driving cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that Google's software can be considered meatware.

Highway Safety Admin. Says A.I. in Autonomous Cars Can Legally Count as the Driver

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Google last week that federal law could view the artificial intelligence systems controlling the company's autonomous vehicles as "drivers." The recognition is significant for Google...Show More Summary

Driverless Cars: Government Ruling Paves The Way For Driverless Technology [Video]

The driverless car industry has just taken a huge leap towards becoming a mainstay on America’s highways. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a letter that states that a human does not need to be behind the steering call of a vehicle with driverless technology. Show More Summary

AI 'drivers' will gain same legal status as human drivers in autonomous vehicles, NHTSA rules

The artificial intelligence in a self-driving vehicle can be treated as the "driver" from a legal standpoint, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a decision that could set an important precedent for Apple's own self-driving car.

Google's artificial intelligence could count as a car's driver, federal regulator says

Google Inc.'s self-driving system, controlled by artificial intelligence, could be considered a car's driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In a letter posted on NHTSA's website, the agency responded to Google's request for interpretation of several federal safety...

Regulators: Google’s Computers Can Be Considered Drivers In Autonomous Vehicles

Just a month after federal regulators took steps to ease restrictions for self-driving cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has let one tech company know that its artificial intelligence system could be considered...Show More Summary

Google's AI Software Can Now Legally Be Considered The "Driver" Of A Car

U.S. regulator's ruling puts it on equal footing with human drivers. In a huge boost to Google's self-driving car program, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Tuesday released a letter it sent to Google confirming...Show More Summary

Google’s auto AI counts as a ‘driver,’ according to Feds

In a big win for Google’s driverless car program, Reuters reports that a previously unreleased letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the AI Google’s high-tech vehicles can be classified as a driver — a distinction only previously given to humans. Show More Summary

Feds declare that Google's self-driving car is its own driver - Roadshow

In a letter to Google, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that the computer piloting Google's self-driving cars can be considered a driver, for purposes of the car's control placement.

U.S. safety regulators: Google's self-driving systems qualify as drivers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ruled that Google's self-driving systems legally qualify as a driver under federal law. See also: Google is testing wireless charging for its self-driving cars, report says The NHTSA stated in a letter to Google on Feb. Show More Summary

U.S. regulators upgrade, expand Fiat Chrysler gearshift probe

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday it is expanding a defect investigation of 856,000 Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars because the vehicles may roll away after drivers exit, thinking they have put the transmission in Park. Show More Summary

Federal Inquiry Widens Over Fiat Chrysler Roll-Away Complaints

5 days agoVehicles / Cars : Wheels

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said certain vehicles can roll away when the driver mistakenly thinks the transmission is set on “park.”

Continental recalls potentially faulty air bags installed in 5 million vehicles

Continental Automotive Systems Inc. is recalling potentially faulty air bag control units that were installed in up to 5 million vehicles. In documents posted Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Continental said the air bag control units have a power supply component...

5 Million More Cars To Be Recalled Over Takata Airbags After Additional Death Uncovered

3 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tested 1,900 airbag inflators made by Takata for the Ford Ranger, and found no problems, according to USA Today. But in late December, an unidentified man in a 2006 Ford Ranger was killed by his airbag when he was involved in a crash. As a result, five million more cars are now getting recalled. Read more...

Afternoon Coffee: 2015 Sets New Record for Car Recalls, Tech Advances Changing Auto Supply Chain

Categories: Afternoon Coffee Tags: General News Car recalls hit a record high in 2015 with more than 51 million vehicles being recalled, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The high number of recalls was largely due to the Takata airbag recall. Show More Summary

2015 Was Another Record Year For Vehicle Recalls

Shortly after taking over as head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mark Rosekind warned carmakers, consumers, and anyone who would listen that 2015 could see more recalls than the recallapalooza that was 2014. Fast forward 12 months, and his prediction has become a reality.  That means for the second year in a row automakers have recalled a record …

Automakers recalled 51 million U.S. vehicles in 2015

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday that automakers recalled 51.3 million vehicles in the United States last year, the second-highest ever, in 868 separate campaigns. Show More Summary

Britax Recalls 75,000 B-Safe35 Infant Seats Due to Reports Of Cracks in Carry Handles

Britax is conducting a recall in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and Transport Canada. This recall involves a defect within the carry handle...Show More Summary

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