National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Car Interiors Being Influenced By Tesla

Tesla’s vehicles have been setting the standards for traditional automakers in a handful of ways — the latest being the onset of a centralized touchscreen instead of buttons. Despite some recent regulator concerns over what activities the screen can be used for, several automakers have already been or are now putting … [continued]

Electric Vehicles & Loud Pipes

Based on sales trends and environmental necessity, electric vehicles (EVs) are the future. But one concern of increasing EV use is the potential effects on pedestrian safety. Several studies and common sense suggest that a near-silent EV poses a risk to pedestrians who are used to judging traffic by sound. This has led to requirements that EVs generate some form of pedestrian warning noise when operating at low speeds where wind noise is negligible.

Tesla Proclaims Autopilot 7× Safer Than Humans In New Quarterly Safety Report

Tesla released a new quarterly safety report for Q3 2018 that hints at a desire to make the safety of its vehicles a more visible differentiator versus the competition. The decision to increase the visibility of vehicle safety data was made earlier this year when certain news prompted Tesla to design and implement a new vehicle data system to provide more meaningful safety data from customer vehicles.

NHTSA Decides That EVs Shouldn’t Be Quiet — Have To Include Fake Sounds

In a move sure to irritate many people, the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has moved to create a new federal safety standard that will require auto manufacturers to ensure that all newly manufactured hybrid and electric light-duty vehicles released on and after September 1, 2019, are equipped with an audible alert system — intended to make up for the fact that electric vehicles are by their nature fairly quiet.