Michigan’s Democratic senators have signed onto a bill that allows automakers to apply credits for model years as far back as 2009 to help comply with federal auto emission rules that require automakers to produce car and truck fleets that average around 41 miles per gallon by 2021.
Backers of the measure say the change will help “streamline” federal emission standards by addressing conflicts in existing rules that are enforced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Environmentalists and consumer advocates argue the measure would weaken U.S. gas mileage rules by allowing automakers to get credit for previously achieved mileage improvements.
Americans like their high-tech driver-assistance features, but more are growing uncomfortable with the concept of giving full control to a self-driving vehicle, a new Massachusetts Institute of Technology study has found.
Survey respondents reported feeling much more comfortable with technology that assists drivers, such as automatic emergency braking, rather than the idea of fully self-driving technology—and the confidence gap between the two is widening.
Drivers were asked the maximum level of automation they’d be comfortable with, and 59 percent said “features that actively help the driver, while the driver remains in control.” That’s up from 40 percent in last year’s survey.
The CEI Group, Inc. announced the promotion of Bob Glose to Senior Vice President.
He has been with CEI for over 15 years and has served in several different roles, including overseeing the company’s data network and infrastructure, as well as client services. He was promoted to Vice President in 2015, overseeing the planning and implementation of a new enterprise customer relationship management system and development of the just-introduced CEI DriverCare Mobile app.
Wheels, Inc. was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the 15th annual American Business Awards.
Wheels’ Integration Services team was honored in the Customer Service Team of the Year category for its innovative quality-engineered approach to onboarding new and existing clients.
In 2016 the team transformed client onboarding into a customized process that embraces client goals and objectives while proactively driving quality improvements that set the stage for long-term success.
Drivers of small cars have long known that they are at greater risk when involved in collisions with larger vehicles.
However, the risk is increasing, according to a new study.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report suggests that traffic fatality rates are on the rise overall, but noted that of the top 10 vehicles involved in fatal crashes, five are minicars and three are small cars. The vehicle at the top of the list if the Hyundai Accent.
A Seattle law firm that specializes in suing automakers has filed a class-action lawsuit against General Motors, accusing the company of programming some of its heavy-duty pickup trucks to cheat on diesel emissions tests.
News of the lawsuit was enough to send the company’s shares down almost 2 percent on Thursday. It is the latest sign of the intense scrutiny of the methods that automakers have devised to meet stringent diesel-emissions regulations, an issue that has led to major legal cases against Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler.
General Motors denied the allegations. “These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves,” it said in a statement.
The U.K. is ahead of the U.S. in preparing for driverless cars
Since the creation of the first personal auto policy more than 100 years ago, auto insurance policies have all had similar goals: to protect the vehicle owner and driver in the event of an accident, theft or other damage to the vehicle.
With the invention and innovation of self-driving cars, the entire transportation system must adjust to humans as passengers only, and not drivers. The question arises: What sort of insurance will be required to cover incidents involving self-driving vehicles?
Look inside a modern car, and you’ll see many of the same materials that formed the earliest automobiles.
Leather, wood, metal, and cloth convey a sense of luxury, a connection to the beloved way things were. You may see synthetic stuff too, materials born of the jet and space ages.
Radical and often questionable ersatz substances like vinyl, Fiberglas™, wood grain veneer, velour, and injected plastics climbed into the car as symbols of technological sophistication and durability.