Stories by Joan Lowy

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

US proposes drone rules

Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to ...
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Technology lowers chance that driver will die in car crash

WASHINGTON - The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered ...
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Honda hit with record fines over unreported deaths

WASHINGTON - The Oba­ma administration said Thursday that it is fining Hon­da $70 million for not reporting to regulators about 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and ...
By Joan Lowy

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Report on Boeing 787 fire points to battery defect

A short circuit likely caused by a manufacturing defect in a Boeing 787 battery sparked a fire last year that grounded the planes for more than three months.
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Drones flying near planes up dramatically

WASHINGTON - More than a million small drone aircraft have been sold in the past few years, and a growing number of them are turning up in the skies near airports and airliners, posing a risk of ...
By Joan Lowy

Carmakers aim to protect motorists' privacy

WASHINGTON - Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an era when ...
By Joan Lowy

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

US official: Auto safety agency under review

WASHINGTON - Trans­port­ation officials are reviewing the "safety culture" of the federal agency that oversees auto recalls, a senior Obama administration official said Friday.
By Joan Lowy

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

FAA orders review in Chicago air traffic snarl

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing security practices and how its air traffic control facilities deal with unexpected incidents, agency administrator Michael Huerta said ...
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Drones for moviemaking win FAA approval

WASHINGTON - The government granted six production companies permission to use drones for filming, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators.
By Joan Lowy

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Agency's response to GM issue criticized

WASHINGTON - Both houses of Congress scolded the nation's highway safety agency over tardy handling of a deadly problem with General Motors cars.
By Joan Lowy

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Railroad industry fights to shape safety rules

WASHINGTON - A string of fiery train derailments across the country has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Plan to lower building height limits near airports draws fire

WASHINGTON - The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of potentially thousands buildings near airports around the country.
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Government says airlines should disclose bag, seat fees

WASHINGTON - Passengers love the idea, but airlines hate it. The government wants to require that travelers be told upfront about basic services that aren't included in the price of a ticket and ...
By Joan Lowy

Friday, May 16, 2014

GM fined $35 million over ignition defect

WASHINGTON - Fede­ral safety regulators slapped General Motors with a record $35 million fine Friday for taking more than a decade to disclose an ignition-switch defect in millions of cars ...
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Airlines ask Congress to roll back airfare rule

WASHINGTON - Airlines tried and failed to block a federal rule making them tell passengers up front the full cost of airfare, including government taxes and fees. So they're trying another route.
By Joan Lowy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Highway projects might suffer if fund runs dry

The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay ...
By Joan Lowy

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Feds want cars communicating

WASHINGTON - The government says it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they're plunging toward peril.
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

NTSB: Oil train crash risks 'major loss of life'

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments Thursday to impose new safety rules.
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Seat belts on commercial buses still stymied

Seat belts on commercial buses remain stymied 45 years after the first safety recommendations were put forward.
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

Snags set back air traffic control system update

WASHINGTON - After a decade of work and billions of dollars spent, the modernization of the U.S. air traffic control system is in trouble.
By Joan Lowy
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