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Bloomberg: Traffic-Safety Regulators Underestimate Impact of Smartphones, Distracted Driving

While the latest figures from NHTSA seem to indicate that speeding and drunk driving are the culprits for a recent uptick in traffic fatalities, a Bloomberg article suggests that federal regulators are underestimating the impact of smartphone use on the numbers.

U.S. Traffic Fatalities Continue to Rise, Even Though Distracted-Related Deaths Down

There were more U.S. traffic deaths in 2016 than in 2015, marking the second year in a row that the numbers have gone in the wrong direction.

Senate Commerce Committee Green-Lights Autonomous Vehicle Bill

A bill aiming to clarify the government’s role in the oversight of driverless vehicles has passed muster with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

Consumer Watchdog: Autonomous Vehicle Bill Would Create ‘Wild West’ Without Safety Protections

A U.S. Senate bill aiming to pave the way for the development of driverless vehicles is a threat to highway safety, the group Consumer Watchdog asserted.

Rural Drivers Less Likely to Wear Seat Belts, More Likely to Die in Crashes

Adult drivers and passengers in America’s most rural counties had motor-vehicle death rates that were three to 10 times higher than those in the most urban counties, according to 2014 data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

U.S. Department of Transportation Unveils New Guidance for Driverless Systems

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have released new federal guidance for automated driving systems.

GAO: Automakers Sharing Vehicle Data ‘on Relatively Limited Basis’

In a recent analysis for Congress, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that 13 of 16 automakers reported collecting, using and sharing data from connected vehicles “on a relatively limited basis.”

New Jersey Bill Would Make It Illegal to Sell Unsafe Used Tires

The fate of a bill that would prohibit the sale of unsafe used tires in New Jersey rests in the hands of Gov. Chris Christie.

Connected-Cars Workshop: Weighing Benefits, Risks of Self-Driving Vehicles

Panelists at a July 5 workshop weighed the benefits of autonomous vehicles against the potential risks, touching on issues ranging from diagnostics to cybersecurity.

Thinking About Texting Your Ex? You Might Be Too Buzzed to Drive

Just in time for the deadliest driving day of the year – July Fourth – there’s a new ad campaign warning people about the hazards of buzzed driving.

Allstate Releases Latest Best Drivers Report

Thirteenth annual report names Kansas City, Kansas, as the city with America’s safest drivers.

NHTSA Denies Automatic Emergency Braking Petition for Rulemaking

NHTSA indicated that the agency is watching OEMs’ efforts on automatic emergency braking and may assess down the road “whether additional steps, including the possibility of a rulemaking to establish a new standard, might be needed in the future.”