Auto News for April 25
The GM ignition switch case may be far from over after a decision from the Supreme Court. See:
States are not capturing enough data to determine if highway crashes were caused by driver fatigue, texting, or the use of illegal drugs, according to a report from the National Safety Council. It said accident reports in many states lack fields or code for police to record such causes. States are also failing to capture data on such causes as teen driver restrictions, the use of advanced driver assistance technologies, and infotainment systems. “The road to zero deaths is paved with potholes,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.
“In too many cases, we are gathering the ‘what’ but not the ‘why’ and better data will enable us to make better decisions,” Hersman said.
Tesla said it will double the number of quick charging stations globally to more than 10,000 by the end of the year. Here in the U.S., Tesla said it will increase the number of stand-alone Supercharger stations by 150 percent. The number of stations at destinations such as hotels will also be stepped up. Tesla will build larger sites along its busiest travel routes that will allow several dozen cars to be charging simultaneously.
After a worldwide tour, the One-Millionth Mazda MX-5 Miata to be produced has returned home to Hiroshima, Japan. Thousands of fans signed their names on the bodywork during the tour. The car will now be displayed at the company’s headquarters.
Ford claims the Mustang is now the best-selling sports car in the world and cites IHS Markit Global automotive registration data. The Mustang, once only sold here in the U.S., is now available in 140 countries and six more will be added this year. Ford said sales are up 6 percent on international markets.
Fiat Chrysler announced that Waymo will add 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to expand its self-driving program. FCA previously delivered 100 minivans, modified for self-driving, to Waymo during the second half of 2016. Production of the additional 500 minivans will ramp up beginning next month. Waymo will then outfit these vehicles with its self-driving technology.