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Emissions rules in other countries could help keep EPA regs in place
Emissions rules in other countries could help keep EPA regs in place

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency stunned many observers by finalizing emissions standards* for new cars through the year 2025. While environmental groups praised the ruling--which came more than a year before it was due--automakers grumbled that the new benchmarks would force...Read More»

NHTSA's mandatory label for safety recall notices
NHTSA pushes for the electronic recall notices we should've had years ago

A little over a year ago, we told you about a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate that would've required automakers to send recall notices by both email and snail mail. Alas, that bill died, so the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking matters into its own hands with proposed...Read More»

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EPA lowers 54.5 mpg goal: technology is there, but shoppers aren't interested

If you're a fan of eco-friendly cars, we have good news, bad news, and good news. The good news is, a new report says that automakers already have the technology they need to achieve the Environmental Protection Agency's bold fuel economy goals for 2025. Issued in 2011, those goals aim for...Read More»

2014 Tesla Model S in China
China, UAE shift to autonomous cars, leaving the U.S. behind

The United States has a mature car culture. For decades, private individuals have bought vehicles, automakers have analyzed trends, and regulators have set guidelines for development of new models. Sounds good, right? But there's another way of looking at America's long history with cars: we've...Read More»

Google's Self-Driving Prius
California DMV Driving Autonomous Car Developers Off The Road & Out Of State

If we learned nothing else in grade school, we learned that going first is a scary thing. You're expected to wow everyone watching, and you set the tone for all the folks that follow. It's a big risk, and a big responsibility. California is feeling those kinds of jitters right about now, as it's...Read More»

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28 States Use Outdated Driver's License Format, Which Could Leave You Stranded At The Airport

When we think of technology and change, we often think of computers, mobile phones, cars, and such. But today, even the most mundane objects are evolving, from electrical outlets to thermostats. Driver's licenses are not immune. Unfortunately, like your grumpy uncle who's still mad about the...Read More»

David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider
Your Car May Soon Be Required To 'Talk' (To Other Cars, Anyway)

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems will make automotive travel dramatically safer and more efficient. So, what's the big holdup? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has yet to determine when V2V will be required on new passenger vehicles. At long last, however, the...Read More»

Full Auto Brake with Pedestrian Detection  -  2011 Volvo S60
Brake-Assist May Become Mandatory In Near Future

Generally speaking, America's roads are safer than ever. Traffic fatality rates have hit historic lows, and that's due in part to the vehicles we drive -- vehicles that may soon become even safer if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has anything to say about it. Countless...Read More»

The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids
Autonomous Cars Will Probably Hit China First -- And That's Okay

Here's what we know about autonomous cars: A. They're coming. B. They'll wreak havoc among automakers, with upstarts like Google emerging as viable competitors. C. They'll have an effect on related sectors, too -- like auto insurance. What we don't know about autonomous cars is when they'll arrive...Read More»

2012 Dodge Durango - ParkView back up camera
U.S. To Require Rearview Cameras On All Cars By 2014: UPDATED

UPDATED: See below On July 8, 2004, five-year-old Benjamin Donnell was killed when his father backed over him in the family's SUV. On October 9, 2004, two-year-old Adrianna Clemens met a similarly tragic fate. These stories are not unusual. In fact, according to a report in the New York Times, over...Read More»

Ray LaHood
Ray LaHood Proposes New Rules To Combat Distracted Driving

Back in December, the National Transportation Safety Board proposed strict new guidelines governing the use of mobile devices in automobiles. Shortly thereafter, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood implied that portions of the NTSB's guidelines were unnecessary -- namely the part about...Read More»

Old Gas Pumps
Higher Fuel Standards For 2025 Coming Today: What They Mean For You

By the year 2025, cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. will have to earn a combined city/highway rating of 54.5 miles per gallon. That's according to new fuel economy regulations set forward by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, which the Detroit Free Press...Read More»

Traffic fatalities vs. fatalities from power-plant emissions (via NY Times)
For $3 Billion, Could We End Traffic Deaths? Should We?

Traffic accidents were responsible for 32,788 deaths in the U.S. last year (not to mention $41 billion in medical costs and lost work). If we could eliminate those fatalities with new regulations that cost the private sector $3 billion, would we? Should we? Unless you're an elected official, your...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Regulators: Will Future SUVs Compromise Safety For Higher MPG?

It can be argued that through the way vehicles were forced to change in the 1970s and '80s, the federal government turned the American public on to SUVs. Now it's looking for ways to wean us off that addiction—so quickly that it might affect the improvements we've made in safety in recent...Read More»

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