Sick Drifts, Bro: Regenerative brakes may increase chance of aquaplaning

A Norwegian YouTuber demonstrating the challenge of driving on frosty roads with regenerative brakes. (Bjørn Nyland/YouTube) Toronto, Ontario — A complaint posted to Facebook by a Tesla Model Y owner reveals a design flaw that likely affects vehicles beyond Tesla’s model range—regenerative braking systems that may unintentionally kick in, drifting the vehicle when the driver […]

Brake Break: NHTSA investigates automatically braking Teslas

Washington, D.C. — The NHTSA has opened up an investigation after receiving 354 reports of phantom braking in Tesla vehicles. The NHTSA’s report says that the office of Defects investigation received 354 complaints of ‘phantom braking’ by consumers over the past nine months. Many of these complaints detailed unexpected braking while driving at highway speeds, along […]

Major automakers commit to making automatic braking a standard feature

People on the observation deck watch as engineers inspect a car after a crash test at the Vehicle Research Center (VRC). The VRC was the site of today's announcement regarding automatic emergency braking.

By Jeff Sanford Ruckersville, Virginia — September 15, 2015 — The US-based National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have announced that ten major vehicle manufacturers have committed to making automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on all new vehicles built. “We are entering a new era […]

New report on self-braking vehicles shows ‘measurable difference’

A new report shows that 15 percent of vehicles have a 'superior' rating in tests of their automatic braking technology. Only 5 percent achieved this rating in 2013.

By Jeff Sanford Arlington, Virginia — September 1, 2015 — The US-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just released its latest report ranking new vehicles that can brake without driver intervention. IIHS began compiling this report in 2013. This year’s ranking finds many more vehicles are coming equipped with sensors and programs that […]