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NHTSA Releases Crash Data and Driver Behaviors for 2021

NHTSA Releases Crash Data and Driver Behaviors for 2021 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report today analyzing traffic safety data for the first half of 2021. According to the report, an estimated 20,160 people died in motor-vehicle-related crashes in the first half of 2021. This is a projected 18.6% spike in…

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NHTSA Releases Traffic Fatalities Data for Early 2021

NHTSA Releases Traffic Fatalities Data for Early 2021 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released traffic fatality data for the first quarter of 2021 this week. NHTSA estimates that 8,730 people died in traffic accidents in the first three months of 2021– a 10.5% increase from the first quarter of 2020. This increase occurred…

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NHTSA Allows Domestic Vehicles to Apply for Research Exemptions– AV Rule Does Not Contain Vehicle Data Access Pathway

NHTSA Allows Domestic Vehicles to Apply for Research Exemptions– AV Rule Does Not Contain Vehicle Data Access Pathway NHTSA has recently released an interim final rule that would allow manufacturers in the United States, particularly those manufacturing autonomous vehicles, to obtain permission from NHTSA to manufacture and test vehicles that do not currently comply with…

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NHTSA Reports Increase in Traffic Fatality Rate

NHTSA Reports Increase in Traffic Fatality Rate The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) released preliminary traffic data yesterday indicating that while the total number of traffic fatalities has decreased in 2020, the rate of traffic fatalities per miles travelled has spiked significantly. NHTSA attributed this trend to increased risky behaviors, such as neglecting seat…

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GAVDA Opposes Vehicle Data Restrictions

GAVDA Opposes Vehicle Data Restrictions In an open letter, ASA and members of GAVDA stated their disagreement with the OEM’s recent letter to limit the access to vehicle data. In a letter to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation had sought for Congress to intervene in state efforts to…

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NSC releases preliminary semiannual estimates for road safety

NSC releases preliminary semiannual estimates for road safety WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Safety Council (NSC) released their preliminary semiannual estimates for road safety today, and the results show a slight 1 percent increase in total motor-vehicle deaths in 2020 compared to 2019. However, total number of vehicle miles travelled have decreased by nearly 17…

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Congressman calls for GSA to halt sale of recalled vehicles

Congressman calls for GSA to halt sale of recalled vehicles WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, recently wrote a letter to General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily W. Murphy regarding the GSA policies of sale and lease of automobiles subject to manufacturer recall. In his…

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Special Report (Update): Impact of COVID19 Mitigation on Numbers and Costs of California Traffic Crashes

Special Report (Update): Impact of COVID19 Mitigation on Numbers and Costs of California Traffic Crashes Over the past few months, the U.S. has dealt with the impact of COVID19 pandemic to every part of our daily lives. As governors nationwide have issued stay at home or shelter in place orders, Americans have reduced road use…

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House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Autonomous Vehicles

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Autonomous Vehicles Committee Staff Releases DRAFT AV Bill The U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a hearing entitled, “Autonomous Vehicles: Promises and Challenges of Evolving Automotive Technologies.” In opening statements, Members of the Committee expressed similar sentiments regarding their support and the need for autonomous vehicle legislation…

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ASA Signs On Comments for U.S. House AV Hearing

ASA Signs On Comments for U.S. House AV Hearing The Automotive Service Association (ASA) signed on to the Coalition for Future Mobility and the U.S. Vehicle Data Access Coalition’s letters that were submitted to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce in response to a hearing convened today entitled, “Autonomous Vehicles: Promises and…

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