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White House Announces National Policy on Driverless Cars

The Obama administration said Thursday that it will work with auto makers and state governments on a national policy to speed up the arrival of driverless cars on U.S. highways.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx promised a series of initiatives that will help untangle the myriad legal and technical issues that could gum up the process.

“We are bullish on automated vehicles,”Foxx said. “Today’s actions and those we will pursue in the coming months will provide the foundation and the path forward for manufacturers, state officials, and consumers to use new technologies and achieve their full safety potential.”

Read more here.

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United States Files Complaint Against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche for Alleged Clean Air Act Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, today filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, Michigan against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC, Porsche AG, and Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (collectively referred to as Volkswagen). The complaint alleges that nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles had illegal defeat devices installed that impair their emission control systems and cause emissions to exceed EPA’s standards, resulting in harmful air pollution. The complaint further alleges that Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act by selling, introducing into commerce, or importing into the United States motor vehicles that are designed differently from what Volkswagen had stated in applications for certification to EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). To see the EPA’s full statement, click here.

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ASA Testifies Before Michigan Insurance Committee

On December 2nd, the Michigan Senate Insurance Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 430, a bill to amend the insurance code to prohibit insurers from requiring automotive repairers to use a specific vendor or process to procure parts and other materials.

Automotive Service Association (ASA) President Dan Risley joined with ASA-Michigan President Ray Fisher to testify before the Insurance Committee in support of S.B.430.

To read Dan Risley’s full testimony, click here.

To read Ray Fisher’s full testimony, click here.

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