Tag Archives: Department of Transportation

FAST Act Recall Pilot Program Gets Underway in Maryland

Recall
One of the more bedeviling problems for the automotive industry (and for manufacturers in general) is how to alert consumers to pending recalls, and getting consumers to comply with those recalls.  According to NHTSA, only 70% of recalled vehicles are repaired, even though such recalls are frequently safety-sensitive and repairs are free to consumers.… Continue reading this entry

Automated Vehicles: NHTSA Has Spoken

Not surprisingly, NHTSA’s regulatory stance on automated vehicles is simple: improve vehicle safety by preventing driving errors. As automated vehicles begin to populate the roads, two themes arising from this stance have emerged: 1) The need to introduce automated technologies safely. 2) Public acceptance of these potentially life-saving technologies.… Continue reading this entry

Trump Transition Team Taps Transportation Secretary

President-Elect Donald Trump has announced his pick to head the Department of Transportation: Elaine L. Chao. Ms. Chao is clearly a veteran of Washington: as the Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush, and a deputy transportation secretary under George H.W. Bush, she will bring Cabinet-level experience if confirmed to the position. That experience may … Continue reading this entry

Department of Transportation Releases Policy Guidance on Autonomous Vehicle Technology (Part II: State Government Guidance)

In addition to its industry guidance, covered in the previous post, the DOT’s Policy Guidance for autonomous vehicle technologies also proposed a “model state policy” for regulating these new vehicles.  This guidance jumps off from DOT’s encouragement to states to leave regulation of autonomous vehicle performance to DOT, and to work with NHTSA to develop … Continue reading this entry

Department of Transportation Releases Policy Guidance on Autonomous Vehicle Technology (Part I: Industry Guidance)

As automakers and their suppliers alike have been working through the issues confronting autonomous vehicles, they have been doing so with a giant blind spot: just how the federal government, which regulates almost every aspect of automotive design, was going to approach the question of standards for autonomous cars.  Fortunately, we have now seen some … Continue reading this entry

Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Technologies

The innovation and capabilities of vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies are ever-expanding and on center stage in the automotive industry. Not to worry, Foley has got you covered. Did you miss the below post from September? 6 months later it is as timely as ever! Be sure to also see our most recent post on the U.S. Army Helping … Continue reading this entry

Government Proposes $3.9 Billion for Autonomous Cars

You get a billion! You get a billion! You get a billion! And, you get a billion! The Federal Government went full Oprah on everyone at the North American International Auto Show recently, throwing around a few billion dollars for autonomous cars.… Continue reading this entry

DOT Issues Scathing Internal Report of NHTSA’s Defect Investigation Processes

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In the wake of GM’s ignition-switch, the Secretary of Transportation, Anthony R. Foxx, directed an investigation into NHTSA’s defect investigation policies and procedures. Specifically, Secretary Foxx requested that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) assess NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation’s (ODI) procedures for (1) collecting vehicle safety data, (2) analyzing … Continue reading this entry

NHTSA’s Enforcement Priorities Made Clear in U.S. DOT’s Transportation Bill (Grow America Act)

Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled its long-term transportation bill, entitled the Grow America Act, which contained the Department’s wish list for funding and new authorities. On March 31, 2015, the Department submitted a similar bill, also called the Grow America Act, which builds upon its prior proposal. The bill includes a number … Continue reading this entry

Your Car Will Be Networked to Every Other Car

Possibly as early as before the end of this decade every new car on the road will be connected to every other new car on the road. Cars may also be connected to traffic signs, traffic signals, smartphones and other devices. U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that this could prevent … Continue reading this entry

Wireless Technologies to Be Mandated by NHTSA

Foreshadowing the Autonomous Cars of the Future Recent months have seen major developments in the march toward truly autonomous cars. Google has announced that it has logged almost 700,000 miles of autonomous driving, and that it has been driving many of those miles in urban environments, testing the ability of its software to detect and account … Continue reading this entry

A Peek at the NHTSA Provisions in the DOT's Transportation Bill

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled its long-term transportation bill, entitled the Grow America Act, which it is sending to Congress for consideration. Among other things, the bill contains several provisions that enhance the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) enforcement and rulemaking authority – provisions the automotive industry must closely watch as the … Continue reading this entry