Talking while driving might be best defense against texting while driving

If data suggests that driving while talking on the phone could deter drivers from doing other more dangerous secondary activities, aside from driving, should we rethink the negative reinforcement campaign around texting-and-driving? Should policymakers instead of just saying NO give drivers a more safe alternative – talking. Is this the start to a Say No to Text campaign?

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Automakers say hit owners with bigger sticks to improve recall repair rates

Yesterday I attended a workshop hosted by the government to address the issue of repairing vehicles with safety recalls. While a workshop on how to prevent defects would have have been a nice precursory to this one, I assume at this point the government-industry view is: the milk has been spilled and is fully spoiled, so how do we clean it up? I left with one real takeaway – consumers are the issue and need to be hit with bigger penalties for not complying with vehicle safety recalls.

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Government wants to know if modern gear selectors distract drivers

The gear selector in today’s car ain’t your grandma’s gear selector! Regulators are kicking off a research project to determine how drivers react in normal and emergency situations when confronted with six different styles of gear selector, to include many new electronically-controlled transmissions

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5 Ways to Improve Recall Completion Rates

Vehicles continue to be recalled at a rate higher and faster than ever before. There are millions of cars already on the road today with open safety recalls. In this post we offer five ways both private and government groups could help improve the rate at which safety recalls are repaired and potentially save more lives.

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Celebrate the Year of the Recall with a bunch of graphs

  Normally, I would provide some type of analysis on the topic at hand, but for this post I’m just going to post a bunch of graphs. I haven’t been able to ascertain a story from the data I've been fuddling with, so rather than throwing the Excel files in the...

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Regulators waive safety standard for Aston Martin

Earlier this year Aston Martin filed a petition with NHTSA to exempt the luxury automaker from having to adhere to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 214 - Side Impact Protection.  Late last week NHTSA granted the automaker a partial waiver. NHTSA has agreed to...

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Why Government struggles to oversight automakers

The efficacy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency Section is being called into question for a second time this year. These newest round of questions are the result of a few agency blunders dealing with a recent spat of air bag recalls. A quick bit of...

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Government report highlights ways a car can be hacked

Nissan, General Motors, Tesla – and many other automakers are racing to develop vehicles capable of autonomous driving. While many near-term solutions rely on line-of-sight technology (radar, LIDAR, cameras, etc.) the future, as recently proposed by NHTSA, is V2X. V2X...

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