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NHTSA confirms new deputy, considers push for automatic braking

from Automotive News

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has confirmed David Friedman, previously a transportation analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, as its new deputy administrator. Friedman, an engineer by training who has pushed for stricter fuel economy standards and lower oil consumption while working at the advocacy group, replaces Ron Medford, who left NHTSA last year to lead Google Inc.'s self-driving cars project. NHTSA Administrator David Strickland made the announcement during a recent congressional hearing on crash-prevention features and other new technologies that could boost the safety of cars. During the hearing, Strickland said the agency is getting closer to calling for automatic braking. more

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