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NADA Releases Revised Safety Recall FAQ
Feds Set Self-Driving Rules; Lyft Founder Shares Vision and More
Innovation, Safety Sought in Self-Driving Car Guidelines
Sept. 28 Webinar: Revised Wage/Hour Regulations
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NADA Releases Revised Safety Recall FAQ

NADA released a revised version of "Safety Recall FAQ" today at its annual Washington Conference (username and password are required). This latest version of the FAQ contains recommendations on safety recalls and new vehicles, used vehicles subject to recall, service vehicles and rental fleets. NADA recommends that these suggestions be reviewed with appropriate dealership staff. Questions on the Safety Recall FAQ can be directed to regulatoryaffairs@nada.org.  
Source: NADA


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Feds Set Self-Driving Rules; Lyft Founder Shares Vision and More

Today is either the beginning of the automated car industry or the beginning of the end. The Obama administration [on Tuesday] rolled out the details of the federal government’s regulatory policy on self-driving cars. Unlike previous safety standards, these regulations will be enforced by the federal government before cars made available for sale, rather than afterward. There’s a clear and simple logic to this shift: if we’re going to let cars drive us around, we should probably make sure they’re capable of doing it. However, because these are uncharted waters, the question is whether governmental pre-intervention will stifle the development of this technology.
Source: New York Daily News

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Innovation, Safety Sought in Self-Driving Car Guidelines

Saying they were doing something no other government has done, Obama administration officials rolled out a plan Tuesday they say will enable automakers to get self-driving cars onto the road without compromising safety. In drawing up 112 pages of guidelines, the government tried to be vague enough to allow innovation while at the same time making sure that car makers, tech companies and ride-hailing firms put safety first as the cars are developed.

The guidelines from the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration don't tell companies specifically how to get to an autonomous car that can safely carry people down the road, leaving a lot to interpretation. But they tell companies to explain how they'll comply with a 15-point safety assessment before they roll out the cars. And the guidelines also make clear that NHTSA will force recalls if software doesn't perform as it should. The agency, for the first time in its history, may even seek authority from Congress to approve technology before it goes on the road.

Industry reaction, however, was largely favorable. Former NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, who now represents a coalition involving Ford, Google, Lyft, Uber, and Volvo Cars, said the guidelines are a foundation of how to test and deploy autonomous cars. Yet if a manufacturer doesn't follow the guidelines "it will be open and apparent," he said.
Source: The Associated Press

Editor's note: David Strickland joins a slate of speakers and panelists at AutoConference LA, hosted by NADA and J.D. Power. Held on the eve of press days at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show, Auto Conference LA will be held on Tuesday, November 15, at The L.A. Hotel Downtown. The half-day conference opens with registration at 11 a.m. and concludes with a networking reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For the complete agenda or to register, visit www.autoconferencela.com.

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Sept. 28 Webinar: Revised Wage/Hour Regulations

NADA Regulatory Affairs -- from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 28 -- will present the webinar, "New Wage/Hour Regulations, Issues and Concerns for Dealerships." Presenters will focus on dealership-specific compliance issues involving the U.S. Department of Labor's recently revised "white collar" overtime exemption rules. The webinar will reference NADA's newly released Dealer Guide to Federal Wage and Hour, Child Labor and Wage Discrimination Compliance. The webinar is free for NADA members. Dealers and their staff can click here to register. For more information, contact NADA Regulatory Affairs at regulatoryaffairs@nada.org.           
Source: NADA

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