Audit report faults U.S. oversight of auto safety recalls, Takata inflators
A government audit faulted NHTSA's oversight of auto recalls and said the agency's “delayed action” may have hindered the callbacks of vehicles with defective Takata airbags.
Ford recalls 550,000 Fusions, Escapes for potential rollaway risk
Ford is recalling nearly 550,000 2013-16 Fusion sedans and 2013-14 Escape crossovers for a potential rollaway risk because of faulty shifter cable bushings.
Self-driving bill critics oppose maneuver to clear Senate
Safety and consumer advocates are urging senators to reject a parliamentary maneuver to secure passage for stalled legislation governing self-driving cars.
U.S. online travel giant invests $500 million in China's Didi
Chinese ride-hailing app Didi has received a $500 million investment from U.S. travel firm Booking Holdings, in a boost for its aggressive plan to enter new markets outside of China.
EPA's new chief to meet California regulator over emissions, mpg goals
California's top air-quality official will meet with the EPA's new acting chief on Tuesday, the first meeting between two regulators who disagree over the Trump administration's plan to weaken light-vehicle fuel efficiency regulations.
Ford agrees to $299.1 million Takata 'economic loss' settlement
Ford agreed to a $299.1 million so-called economic loss settlement covering at least 6 million U.S. vehicles with potentially faulty Takata airbag inflators, court documents show.
Uber being probed for gender discrimination, report says
Uber is under investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for alleged gender discrimination on issues such as pay, according to media reports.
Uber rival Gett mulls sale of ride-sharing startup Juno, report says
Gett, the ride-hailing app that competes with Uber, is weighing an exit from the United States, just over a year after spending $200 million to enter the market. The Israeli tech company may sell Juno, the New York startup it bought in April 2017, Bloomberg reported.
NHTSA presses automakers to make Takata airbag recall plans public
Federal auto safety regulators want automakers to make public plans for how they'll replace millions of defective Takata airbag parts that should have been fixed already.
Self-driving cars don't need oversight yet, U.S. regulator says
It's premature to regulate the self-driving vehicles being tested by companies such as GM and Waymo, the government's top auto safety official said, reaffirming NHTSA's commitment to a hands-off approach to autonomous-vehicle development.
U.S. Senate to Trump: Slow down on escalating tariffs
In an 88-11 vote Wednesday, the Senate approved a symbolic motion backing a role for Congress in requiring tariffs based on national security, such as those President Trump has imposed on steel and aluminum imports and is contemplating on light vehicles.
Criminal case sheds light on Apple self-driving car tech
Apple has kept tight wraps on its ambitions for self-driving cars, declining to acknowledge them at all publicly until it wrote a letter to U.S. transportation regulators in late 2016 urging them not to restrict testing of the vehicles.
Daimler, Bosch to deploy self-driving taxis in California test program
Daimler and auto supplier Bosch plan to deploy self-driving taxis in California's Silicon Valley region next year as part of a test program of vehicles designed for city driving, the two companies said Tuesday.
U.S. regulators grappling with self-driving vehicle security
A federal report released Tuesday underscores the thicket of legal, safety and social issues that have to be worked out as companies such as Alphabet's Waymo unit and General Motors gear up to deploy self-driving cars for public use.
Toyota launches app-controlled car-sharing in Honolulu
Toyota launched a Honolulu car-sharing service that allows customers to use smartphones to unlock and start cars for rent by the hour or day. It's the latest service offered by an automaker that competes with ride-hailing and rental-car companies.
Hopes fade for Senate action on self-driving bill
Senate backers are exploring ways to bring the AV START Act to a vote, but prospects are dim as the Senate calendar fills up with other Republican priorities.
EPA's Pruitt leaves uncertainty in his wake
Environmental groups and California are lining up to fight former EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's revised auto emissions rules, prolonging the uncertainty for automakers and suppliers that have staked billions of dollars on technology to develop cleaner, more efficient vehicles.