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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an agency of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, part of the Department of Transportation. It describes its mission as "Save lives, prevent injuries, reduce vehicle-related crashes."As part of its activities, NHTSA is charged with writing and enforcing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as well as regulations for motor vehicle theft resistance and fuel economy, the latter under the rubric of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy system. NHTSA also licenses vehicle manufacturers and importers, allows or blocks the import of vehicles and safety-regulated vehicle parts, administers the vehicle identification number system, develops the anthropomorphic dummies used in safety testing, as well as the test protocols themselves, and provides vehicle insurance cost information. The agency has asserted preemptive regulatory authority over greenhouse gas emissions, but this has been disputed by such state regulatory agencies as the California Air Resources Board.Another of NHTSA's major activities is the creation and maintenance of the data files maintained by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis. In particular, the Fatality Analysis Reporting System , has become a resource for traffic safety research not only in the United States, but throughout the world. Research contributions using FARS by researchers from many countries appear in many non-U.S. technical publications, and provide a significant database and knowledge bank on the subject. Even with this database, conclusive analysis of crash causes often remains difficult and controversial, with experts debating the veracity and statistical validity of results. Wikipedia.

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News Article | April 29, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

The tech giant also wants the state’s restriction on using self-driving vehicles without a human driver to be removed. California is the favorite destination for technology and automotive companies to test out their self-driving technology — around 27 companies are testing their self-driving vehicles in the state. Keeping in mind the scale of the technology in the state, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) proposed some regulations governing the use of the technology on the state roads in March. On Friday, some companies invested in the technology — including tech giant Apple — petitioned the state to consider changing its proposed rules. Read: Apple Self-Driving Technology: 5 Facts You Need To Know ​ “Apple believes that all those developing and deploying automated vehicles should follow rigorous safety principles in design, testing, and production. Such principles should not, however, inhibit companies from making consequential progress—there is no need to compromise safety or innovation,” Steve Kenner Director of Product Integrity, Apple said in a letter addressed to Brian G. Soublet, deputy director and chief counsel, Department of Motor Vehicles, Legal Affairs Division, State of California. Tesla had written a similar letter to the DMV on Monday in which it had been even more explicit than Apple in its opposition to the proposed rules “NHTSA’s Policy explicitly states that the Safety Assessment requested in the Vehicle Performance Guidance is a voluntary submission that is not a necessary precursor to testing AVs on public roads or as part of a state’s test program," the company wrote in the letter. "Notwithstanding, the DMV’s Rulemaking requires manufacturers to submit a copy of their Safety Assessment to NHTSA as part of their application to test AVs that do not require a human driver as well as their application to deploy AVs on public roads. In doing so, the DMV inappropriately transfers federal regulatory authority to itself and contravenes the spirit of voluntary cooperation that NHTSA intended for with the Safety Assessment." "Tesla instead believes that the DMV should strive for consistency with NHTSA’s Policy and the Rulemaking should instead request (without imposing a requirement) for manufacturers to submit a Safety Assessment,” Tesla added, voicing its opposition to the proposed safety rules by the state authority. Both the companies have concerns about how the proposed rules require the companies to report "disengagements" with the self-driving vehicles and state that the rules might restrict the design of and equipment used in self-driving vehicles, which would in turn “stifle innovation.” The companies argue that the rules should require reporting only serious instances of disengagements, which require human drivers to take over control to avoid accidents or violating traffic rules. Furthermore, Apple says that the state’s restriction on using self-driving vehicles without a human driver should be removed, as it would act as an impediment to testing cars autonomously. Read: Are Self-Driving Cars Safe? One In Four Cars On U.S. Roads In 2035 Will Be Self-Driven, Study Says Self-driving legislation presents a unique opportunity for lawmakers, as the technology basically differs from the foundation on which traffic rules are formulated — human driving. The new technology is expected to eventually remove, or at least reduce, the reliance on human driving. Traffic rules, traffic lights and even roads might be needed to be designed to accommodate self-driving vehicles once the technology becomes mainstream.


News Article | April 26, 2017
Site: www.cnet.com

You might find it hard to wrench your eyes from the Galaxy S8's huge display, but this can be especially dangerous when you're behind the wheel. That's why Samsung announced its new In-Traffic Reply app to prevent distracted driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that at any given daylight moment there are 660,000 people on their phones while driving in the US, and that number is even more sobering when you consider the 3,477 deaths in 2015 that were caused by distracted driving. Drivers who text take their eyes off the road an average of five seconds, a study found in 2012. The app works by using your phone's GPS and accelerometer to sense when you're driving. This automatically activates the app which will send an auto-reply message to the people trying to contact you, keeping you focused on the road ahead. Currently you can choose to send the default reply ("I'm driving, so I cannot answer at the moment"), or a more lighthearted animated response. Samsung says custom responses will come with a later version of the app. Note that the app doesn't stop messages from coming in. In-Traffic Reply is currently in beta, with the full version coming to the Google Play store mid-May.


At least 11 Americans – including one Floridian – have been killed by defective airbag inflators, and approximately 180 Americans have suffered serious injuries, including cuts or lacerations to the face or neck, broken or fractured facial bones, loss of eyesight, and broken teeth. The individual from Florida who died was driving an older, higher-risk vehicle. In this and nearly all other cases in the United States, the fatal airbag explosion was triggered by a minor collision that the driver should have been able to walk away from. The risk for serious injury or death is particularly acute in South Florida due to high temperatures and humidity that exacerbate the defect in the airbag inflator. While the recall affects vehicles from more than a dozen automakers, drivers of some older vehicles face an even greater risk. These models include 2001 and 2002 Honda Civics and Accords, the 2002 and 2003 Acura TL, the 2002 Honda Odyssey and CR-V, the 2003 Acura CL and the 2003 Honda Pilot. Thousands of these higher-risk vehicles are still on the road, but have yet to be repaired. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, "with as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately."[1] The replacement airbag is absolutely free. Parts for higher-risk vehicles are in good supply at area dealerships and free towing is available. Airbag Recall: Greater Ft. Lauderdale represents an extension of Airbag Recall: Miami-Dade, an effort launched earlier this Spring aimed at alerting drivers of the prevalence of deadly, explosive airbags throughout Dade County. Together, the coalitions are educating the public about the magnitude of the recall and helping affected drivers schedule life-saving, free repairs with local dealerships, immediately. Automakers are notifying at-risk drivers and South Florida dealerships are replacing defective airbag inflators for free. In addition, as part of ongoing efforts to address this recall, on Dec. 9, 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a new repair prioritization plan designed to accelerate the availability of replacement parts for vehicles impacted by the recall. Local residents can find out whether their vehicle has a defective airbag inflator at AirbagRecall.com. If impacted by the recall, they can contact any of their automaker's nearby dealerships to schedule a free repair. South Florida residents who may be waiting for replacement parts for their vehicle, or who are not affected by the current recall, are also encouraged to call their local dealer and confirm their contact information is up to date so they receive recall-related updates going forward. "Our call to action for drivers across South Florida is simple: fix it, don't risk it. Even a minor fender bender can be fatal. It's imperative – and easy – to look up your VIN now at AirbagRecall.com," said John D. Buretta, Independent Monitor of Takata and the Coordinated Remedy Program. EVENT: City of Miramar Earth Day Celebration & VIN Check TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EST LOCATION: Miramar Community Garden, 3700 Largo Drive, Miramar, FL 33023 EVENT:  Family Fun & Resource Fair (Broward Aware!) & VIN Check, hosted by Children's Services Council of Broward County Florida TIME: 11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST LOCATION: Rev. Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park, 2520 NW 6th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 EVENT: New Hope Baptist Church Sunday Worship Services & VIN Check TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST LOCATION: 1321 Sistrunk Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311 Airbag Recall: Greater Ft. Lauderdale comprises community organizations, public interest groups, private companies, elected officials, faith communities and other concerned parties unified in the effort to raise consumer awareness about the ongoing airbag inflator recall. Participants are committed to educating the residents of Broward county about the risks associated with defective airbag inflators, helping affected drivers schedule free repairs and accelerating recall completion rates in the area. To determine if your car has a defective airbag inflator, visit  www.AirbagRecall.com and enter your vehicle identification number (VIN). [1] "NHTSA: New test data on particular subset of Takata air bag inflator show substantially higher risk." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. June 30, 2016. http://www.nhtsa.gov/About-NHTSA/Press-Releases/nhtsa_takata_high_risk_inflators_06302016 To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/more-than-200000-defective-airbag-inflators-remain-unrepaired-in-broward-county-as-a-result-of-largest-auto-safety-recall-in-us-history-300442623.html


Mercedes-Benz is currently looking to recall over 350,000 of their vehicles across the United States due to a fire hazard that was brought about by reports of over a dozen fires. The models in question are the newer ones that have a build date between the years of 2014 and 2017. Daimler, Mercedes-Benz' parent company began the investigation after reports of over 30 car fires around the country and has since figured that the problem lies within the vehicle's engine starter. The problem happens with the very rare combination of the vehicle failing to start on the first attempt after stalling due to being stranded in a significant amount of water. After the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's investigation on the cases, the report states that when this specific combination occurs, the starter gets blocked due to significant engine or transmission damage and any repeated attempts to restart the engine may send high currents into the starter's limiter. Further attempts to restart the engine then could lead to a limiter overheat, and henceforth starting the fire. The 350,000 vehicles Mercedes-Benz is expected to recall are only in the U.S. territories, but they are reportedly expected to recall approximately 700,000 more from vehicle owners around the world as there were also reports of over 20 engine fires in non-U.S. territories. That number, however, is unverified by Daimler. The company expects to inform their patrons of the issue within the next 60 days. The vehicle recall is voluntary and Mercedes-Benz will likely resolve the engine issue by installing an additional fuse leading to the starter. Vehicles expected to be recalled by the company include the 2015-2017 CLA250 (including 4Matic), 2015-2017 CLA45 AMG, 2017 GLA 250 (including 4Matic), 2015-2017 C300 ( including 4Matic), 2017 C300 Cabrio (including 4Matic), 2017 C300 Coupe (including 4Matic), 2016 C350e, 2016-2017 C450 AMG Sport, 2016 GLC300 (including 4Matic), 2017 GLC300 Coupe, 2017 E300 (including 4Matic), 2017 E400 Wagon, and the 2017 E43 AMG. As of the writing of this article, Daimler has not yet released a statement on the matter and there is no word yet on any injuries or death related to the said incidents. Mercedes-Benz is the latest in the list of big companies that had to issue a recall of their products due to fire hazards. Audi and Nissan have also had their share of vehicle recalls and tech rivals Samsung and Apple have been making headlines when some of their smart phone and washing machine units caught fire. The recently reported fire hazards of the products are seen as one of the reasons why Samsung has seen a big dip in their reputation in the United States. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


Nissan has launched a recall for over 54,000 vehicles due to an airbag issue, following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The problem with the airbags of the recalled vehicles, however, is different from the issue of the exploding airbags by Japanese supplier Takata. The vehicle recall initiated by Nissan covers over 54,000 units of the 2012 model of the Nissan Versa. The issue with the airbags of the said vehicle is that they may unexpectedly deploy when the doors are slammed. The NHTSA launched the investigation into the matter in October 2016 after owners of the 2012 Nissan Versa filed a complaint that curtain and seat-mounted side airbags on both the driver and front passenger side deployed when the doors were closed. Several 2012 Nissan Versa customers have reported such incidents, prompting the NHTSA to look into the matter. After five months into the investigation, Nissan is now launching a recall for the affected vehicles. According to the findings of Nissan, the side airbag connector harnesses of the 2012 Nissan Versa used a wrong combination of metals, which result in oxidation affecting the pins that connect the control units of the harnesses. When oxidation sets in on the connector pins, there is a short communication loss between the airbag control unit and the satellite sensor. Once signal loss happens, the systems of the curtain and seat-mounted side airbags go into a backup mode that enables deployment in the event of a crash. However, because the requirements for airbag deployment under backup mode changes, a simple slam of the 2012 Nissan Versa's doors could be enough to activate the system and deploy the airbags. Nissan noted that usually, the force that would be needed to deploy the airbags from the faulty state could only be generated from passengers slamming the door of the 2012 Nissan Versa from the outside. However, there is the risk of the airbags suddenly deploying while the driver or passenger is still inside the car, which can cause injury to customers. Owners of 2012 Nissan Versa vehicles who send in their units to dealers under the recall program will receive new jumper harness kits that will replace the connection terminals with the wrong combination of metals with tin-plated ones. Additionally, dealers will replace the satellite sensors of the recalled vehicles with new ones. Nissan, which has not yet revealed when the recall program will begin, is urging owners of the 2012 Nissan Versa to contact their dealers, the company's customer service hotline, or the NHTSA. The recall for the faulty airbag system of the 2012 Nissan Versa will come in addition to the industry-wide Takata airbag problem, which has caused Nissan to drop the supplier along with other automobile manufactures. The new recall, however, is much smaller than the recall that Nissan launched in April of last year. Also separate from the Takata airbags problem, Nissan recalled 3.5 million vehicles due to risk of their airbags not properly deploying. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | April 27, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

After many months shrouded in secrecy, concrete information regarding Apple’s plans in the automotive space are finally starting to leak out. While Apple’s initial plans may have centered on developing and manufacturing an Apple-branded car from scratch, Apple in recent months is said to have narrowed the scope of Project Titan to focus more on autonomous vehicle technology. Don't Miss: There’s one more reason I could never ditch my iPhone 7 Plus for a Galaxy S8 Far from idle speculation, Apple earlier this month applied for and received a permit to test driverless cars in the state of California. And a few months before that, Apple penned a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicating that it is “investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation” and that they are “excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.” More recently, details from Apple’s permit application to the California DMV emerged and revealed that Apple outfitted three Lexus vehicles with self-driving software and hardware. Earlier this afternoon, Bloomberg obtained photos of the Lexus vehicles Apple has outfitted with a wide array of sensors. The white Lexus RX450h SUV emerged from an Apple facility this week and was kitted out with an array of sensors, according to a person who saw the vehicle and provided photos to Bloomberg News. The sensors included Velodyne Lidar Inc.’s top-of-the-range 64-channel lidar, at least two radar and a series of cameras. The sensors appear to be products bought off the shelf from suppliers, rather than custom-made, according to an industry expert who saw the photos. And below is a shot of the cars from the back. See the original version of this article on BGR.com


News Article | April 27, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

After many months shrouded in secrecy, concrete information regarding Apple’s plans in the automotive space are finally starting to leak out. While Apple’s initial plans may have centered on developing and manufacturing an Apple-branded car from scratch, Apple in recent months is said to have narrowed the scope of Project Titan to focus more on autonomous vehicle technology. Don't Miss: There’s one more reason I could never ditch my iPhone 7 Plus for a Galaxy S8 Far from idle speculation, Apple earlier this month applied for and received a permit to test driverless cars in the state of California. And a few months before that, Apple penned a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicating that it is “investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation” and that they are “excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.” More recently, details from Apple’s permit application to the California DMV emerged and revealed that Apple outfitted three Lexus vehicles with self-driving software and hardware. Earlier this afternoon, Bloomberg obtained photos of the Lexus vehicles Apple has outfitted with a wide array of sensors. The white Lexus RX450h SUV emerged from an Apple facility this week and was kitted out with an array of sensors, according to a person who saw the vehicle and provided photos to Bloomberg News. The sensors included Velodyne Lidar Inc.’s top-of-the-range 64-channel lidar, at least two radar and a series of cameras. The sensors appear to be products bought off the shelf from suppliers, rather than custom-made, according to an industry expert who saw the photos. And below is a shot of the cars from the back. See the original version of this article on BGR.com


News Article | March 12, 2017
Site: www.techtimes.com

The largest U.S. car market, California may soon allow the testing of self-driving cars to take place on public roads. The self-driving cars are being developed by a number of companies simultaneously, which look to not only manufacture but also sell these vehicles to the general populace. This announcement by state authorities in California may pave the way for the final push that this technology needs. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is seeking public opinion on its new proposal of testing driver-less cars, along with the use of autonomous vehicles for the purpose of public use, which will not require any standard manual controls such as pedals or even steering wheels. The new regulation proposals were published on Friday, March 10, while April 24 is the deadline for the public to give their opinion about the proposed changes. The new rules if passed will come into effect 2018 onwards. The state has given permits to 27 companies to conduct the test of driver-less cars on public roads which includes vehicle manufacturers like BMW, Tesla, technology companies like Alphabet Inc's Waymo and China's Baidu Inc., suppliers like Nvidia Corp and Delphi Automotive Plc and a large number of autonomous startups like Zoox, Drive.ai and more. However, the DMV made an argument that the new proposal hasn't changed its perception about self-driving cars. As long as these autonomous cars are adaptable with government safety rules and getting operated in a way to obey the traffic laws of California, then they are considerable for the testing process. "I don't want to say we're comfortable. We believe we're requiring certification from the manufacturers that they're ready and that the vehicles themselves are able to operate without causing some harm," said Brian Soublet, chief counsel at the California DMV, in a conference call with reporters on March 10. Before this proposal, it was necessary for the autonomous cars to have the steering wheel for manual control, as well as a backup driver sitting inside who could take charge at any moment if things went wrong. However, with this proposal, car manufacturers just have to ensure that they meet federal safety standards or obtain an exemption from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). California is the fourth state which may allow the testing of self driving cars on the public roads. Other states such as Florida and Michigan allow these vehicles to be tested on their roads with certain restrictions in place. Michigan also allows testing of the autonomous cars and has placed almost no restrictions on them. State officials in California were criticized by many companies prior to this proposal for its restriction to testing these vehicles on its roads. However, that may change soon. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | April 20, 2017
Site: www.forbes.com

As Tesla gears up to roll out its first widely affordable electric car, disgruntled Tesla owners who say the company let them down by selling vehicles with a semi-autonomous driving system that isn’t functional and creates safety issues are suing Elon Musk’s unconventional automaker. Tesla called the lawsuit "disingenuous." The complaint filed on April 19 in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, by three Tesla owners says the company knowingly sold them vehicles with “Enhanced Autopilot” technology that can’t be used and that lacked standard safety features. In all, about 47,000 vehicles were built and sold in the fourth quarter of 2016 and first quarter of 2017 in that condition, according to the complaint. Buyers, who paid a $5,000 premium over the standard vehicle price, became “beta testers of half-baked software that renders Tesla vehicles dangerous if engaged,” according to the complaint, filed on behalf of three customers by Seattle-based firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro. Recent software updates that were part of Tesla's AP2.0 resulted in cars “behaving as if a drunk driver is at the wheel" when Autopilot is engaged, the suit said, citing a customer report. Tesla dismissed the lawsuit as a "disingenuous attempt to secure attorney’s fees posing as a legitimate legal action, which is evidenced by the fact that the suit misrepresents many facts." Some features mentioned in the suit as unavailable have been released and more updates are arriving every month, the company said in a statement. "We have always been transparent about the fact that Enhanced Autopilot software is a product that would roll out incrementally over time, and that features would continue to be introduced as validation is completed, subject to regulatory approval," Tesla said. "The inaccurate and sensationalistic view of our technology put forth by this group is exactly the kind of misinformation that threatens to harm consumer safety." When first introduced in 2015, Autopilot allowed cars to maintain a set speed and course on the highway and even make lane changes automatically. In October 2016 Tesla said it would upgrade Autopilot with enhancements including the ability for a car to “transition from one freeway to another, exit the freeway when your destination is near, self-park when near a parking spot and be summoned to and from your garage,” according to Tesla’s website. Those features haven’t been fully activated and others no longer work properly, according to the complaint. The three customers suing Tesla, who paid between $81,000 and $113,000 for their vehicles, had been told the functionality would be ready by December 2016. Likewise, “Standard Safety Features,” including automated collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking systems that were to be available in December 2016 through wireless updates either haven’t arrived yet or have defects, according to the suit. “Tesla has endangered the lives of tens of thousands of Tesla owners across the country, and induced them to pay many thousands of dollars for a product that Tesla has not effectively designed,” Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman, which represents the plaintiffs, said in a statement. “Tesla sold these vehicles as the safest sedan on the road. What consumers received were cars without standard safety enhancements featured by cars costing less than half the price of a new Tesla, and a purported ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ that operates in an erratic and dangerous manner.” Along with Autopilot upgrades, Musk also vowed that Teslas sold with a new hardware suite of cameras, sensors, sonar and new computing power, would eventually gain true self-driving capability through over-the-air software updates. The timing for when that will happen remains unclear, though he has said that Model S sedans Model X crossovers built since late last year already have the proper hardware to support that capability. The owners suing Tesla want the company to buy back their vehicles, "including a full refund for the software putative class members purchased; return of the premium paid for the Enhanced Autopilot, if purchased, over the cost of the same model without Enhanced Autopilot; restitution for purchase of service packages that will go unused as to cars bought back," as well "punitive damages for Tesla’s knowing fraud that garnered it illicit profits for a product suite that does not exist and put drivers at risk." For months, Tesla CEO Musk has taken to Twitter to answer questions about the timing of Autopilot updates, such as an exchange on March 12 about planned enhancements. Tesla will announce quarterly results on May 3, and is preparing to have its Model 3 sedan, priced from $35,000, into production later this year. Nearly 400,000 people are waiting to take delivery of one of the new vehicles, and a successful launch and production ramp-up is critical to Tesla's hopes of becoming a true mass-market automaker. Investor support for the company has been so strong that Tesla this month passed General Motors to become the most valuable U.S. automaker, based on its share price. As of April 19, Tesla's market value was $49.6 billion compared with $50.3 billion for GM. In January, U.S., regulators concluded a review of a Florida accident that killed a Tesla owner who was using Autopilot at the time of the crash. The investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined there was no specific defect in the Autopilot system, despite its failure to recognize a truck that crossed in front of the driver's Model S. In a separate development, Tesla confirmed the settlement of a lawsuit it filed against Sterling Anderson, the former head of its Autopilot program, Chris Urmson, the former head of Google’s Self-Driving Car project, and their company Aurora Innovation. Tesla had claimed Aurora was inappropriately recruiting members of its team and that Anderson had proprietary Tesla information, that Tesla didn’t detail. Aurora had said the suit was meritless. As part of the settlement, “Anderson’s contractual obligations to Tesla will remain in place and will also be extended to Aurora, with additional specific protections being added to ensure there are no further violations,” Tesla said. It also creates a process for Tesla to recover proprietary information it believes was taken from the company and for Aurora’s computer systems "to be subject to ongoing audits to monitor for any improper retention or use of Tesla’s property," although it is unclear what if anything was taken. Aurora also agreed to pay $100,000 to Tesla as part of the settlement. Anderson, in a Medium.com post, said "no material Tesla confidential information exists on our personal computers or company systems" and that "there is no evidence that anyone at Aurora has used or has access to Tesla confidential information." "Today, less than three months after filing (and even before we were permitted to file a response) Tesla has withdrawn its claims, without damages, without attorney’s fees, and without any finding of wrongdoing," Anderson said. "We have even agreed to reimburse the cost of a future audit to demonstrate the integrity of Aurora’s intellectual property." The suit had been filed in the California Superior Court of Santa Clara County. Alan Ohnsman covers the intersection of technology, autos and mobility. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.


News Article | March 30, 2017
Site: www.techtimes.com

Autonomous Cars - Five Things To Know About Self Driving Cars Ford is recalling over 570,000 vehicles in Europe and North America to address two issues — the faulty door latch problem and engine fire risk. The latest recall may negatively impact the carmaker's profit in Q1 2017. In a Wednesday filing with securities regulators, Ford stated that the recall may result in a $295 million cut in pretax earning. Over 360,000 Ford vehicles have been recalled in Europe and North America because of engine fire issue. The vehicle recall list in North America includes 2014's Escape SUVs, compact Fiesta ST from 2014 and 2015, Fusion mid-sized cars from 2013 and 2014, and small van Transit Connect models from 2013 to 2015. The recall list in Europe includes Focus small cars and C-Max hybrid from 2010 to 2015, as well as Transit Connect vans from 2013 to 2015. All these vehicles have four-cylinder 1.6-liter turbocharged engines. Ford stated that the engine may have overheated because of improper coolant circulation in the engine, leading to a crack in the car's cylinder head. "A cracked cylinder head can result in a pressurized oil leak. Oil that comes into contact with a hot engine surface increases the risk of a fire in the engine compartment," noted Ford. The company reported 29 cases of engine fire in Canada and the United States. However, the hazard has not led to any injuries. Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt stated that customers will receive an email from the company, which will contain instructions on checking and refilling the coolant. Dealers will also be checking the coolant levels of the affected vehicles. If a vehicle is spotted with overheated or leaked coolant, it needs to be taken to a dealer. Weigandt also noted that if parts are available with the dealers, they will equip the vehicle with a coolant sensor. This sensor will alert the owner about low coolant levels in the car. However, the spokeswoman was unaware whether the company will fix these coolant leaks. Ford has added roughly 211,000 vehicles to the 2015 safety recall for the four defective door latches. The recall includes the 2014 Fiesta along with the 2013 Lincoln MKZ and 2014 Fusion. "In the affected vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch could break. A door latch with a fractured pawl spring tab typically results in a "door will not close" condition. A door that opens while driving increases the risk of injury," revealed the carmaker. For the past three years, door latches have become a big concern for Ford, which led to an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, followed by the withdrawal of over 3 million vehicles. In fall 2016, the carmaker recalled over 2.3 million vehicles because of the defective door latch problem. The recalled vehicles included C-Max and Ford Escape from 2013 to 2015, and Ford Focus from 2012 to 2015. The company reveals that its dealers will change the door latches free of cost, with a sturdier one. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

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