Biden taps second official to lead US car protection agency

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Traffic will be seen on the highway on 2 July 2021 in New York, USA, before the 4th of July holiday. Reuters / Eduardo Munoz / Files

October 20, 2021

David Shepherdson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden plans to hire a second car safety officer to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the White House confirmed on Tuesday.

Stephen Cliff, who has been deputy administrator since February, was a key figure in the rewriting of fuel economy standards proposed by the Biden administration until 2026.

They also conducted a safety survey of nearly 30 million cars manufactured with unsafe airbags by Tesla’s department and I oversee the investigation to see if I have it.

Reuters first reported Cliff’s planned nomination on Tuesday.

NHTSA later confirmed a Reuters report that Missy Cummings, a professor of engineering and computer science at Duke University, had been appointed as a new senior advisor to NHTSA’s security, adding “her experience in security and autonomous technology” was a in the statement. I look forward to taking advantage of leadership. “

The agency said Cummings was named after a “temporary mission” under the Intergovernmental Personal Law Mobility Program. Cummings had previously expressed concerns about Tesla’s Autopilot capabilities.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter about his hiring: “Frankly, his achievements are very biased towards Tesla.”

She replied to Musk on Twitter, “I’m glad you always sit down and talk.”

NHTSA, which is part of the US Department of Transportation, faces pending vehicle safety regulations and has not had a Senate-confirmed administrator since January 2017. I also have no candidates for . articles / us-autos-emissions-usa-idUSKCN1V21VGNHTSA Top tasks since 2019.

In August, NHTSA proposed a dramatic revision of the Trump administration’s rollback of corporate average fuel economy rules, suggesting an 8% improvement in fuel efficiency each year for the 2024-2026 model year.

Cliff, a former deputy executive for the California Air Resources Board, said the proposal “reduces the same amount of climate pollution as if more than 5 million vehicles were taken off the road today.”

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, NHTSA has seen a steady increase in road accidents in the United States due to driving disabilities, speed violations, seatbelt failures, and other dangerous behaviors.

NHTSA estimated 8,730 people last month 7,900 in the first three months of 2021 Compared to the deaths in the same period last year, those killed in car accidents increased by 10.5% despite a 2.1% decrease in mileage.

Last month NHTSA asked Tesla -10 -13 Why the recall was not issued to address added software updates to the Autopilot driver assistance system.

In August, NHTSA began a formal safety investigation of Tesla’s Autopilot system on 765,000 US vehicles after a series of conflicts involving Tesla models and emergency vehicles.

In June, it issued a request to automakers and drivers to immediately report collision accidents to drivers equipped with advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving systems.

Cummings said in an interview in 2018 the regulatory framework in which agencies like the NHTSA monitor self-driving cars, and agencies have the authority to mandate testing and other interventions, but they do not. “I am.

(Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington, Edited by Matthew Lewis; Editing by Kim Coghill)

Biden taps second official to lead US car protection agency


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