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January 24, 2017
<p><strong>Still from a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm30tkQQxtA" target="_blank">YouTube vide</a>o of a Tesla S model owner using the vehicle's autopilot mode.</strong></p> Tesla AutoPilot Crash Investigation Yields Autonomous Tech Insights

The government has closed its investigation into a fatal crash between a Tesla on AutoPilot and a tractor-trailer that raised questions about the safety of autonomous vehicles, and the report offers a number of insights into the advanced driver assist technologies on the path to “self-driving” vehicles.


<p><em>Automotive Fleet photo.</em></p> Road Deaths Climb in 2016

U.S. crash fatalities from January through September rose about 8% compared to the same period in 2015, according to early estimates from NHTSA.



<p><em>Photo: Dwight Burdette</em></p> Pep Boys Acquires Just Brakes Repair Chain

Pep Boys has acquired the privately-held Just Brakes chain of repair and maintenance stores in a deal that will increase the chain's network to more than 900 locations.


Safety Tip: Setting Mirrors for Safer Lane Changes

AAA offers advice on how to properly adjust mirrors to diminish blind spots.



<p><em>File photo</em></p> Element Partners with ADT to Reduce Rear-End Collisions

ADT Security partnered with Element Fleet Management and The CEI Group to reduce its collision rate by more than 30% after applying deeper business intelligence.


<p><em>Photo courtesy of NHTSA.</em></p> 3.1M Vehicles Recalled for Takata Air Bags

NHTSA releases details about 24 separate recalls involving 17 different vehicle manufacturers.



Stop -- Because Trains Can't

Last year alone, 232 people died in railroad crossing accidents in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This video is part of a new railroad crossing safety ad campaign, launched by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Video courtesy of NHTSA and the Federal Railroad Administration. 


BMW 3 Series Earns Top Safety Honor

The luxury car is named a Top Safety Pick+ award winner by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


Tougher Iowa Texting Ban in the Works

Iowa legislators are negotiating details of a bill that would make texting while driving a primary offense. Some advocacy groups are also pushing for a hands-free requirement. Video courtesy of 13 WHO.


<p><em>Photo courtesy of IIHS.</em></p> Audi A3 Named IIHS Top Safety Pick+

The car’s elevation from Top Safety Pick comes after IIHS obtained A3s with different lighting systems for headlight testing.


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