PCI's Robert Gordon said the number of fatal vehicular crashes has risen 14% since 2014, the highest rate of increase in decades, while pedestrian deaths are up 22% and severe accidents are up 12.2%. "It is not surprising that the percent of accidents involving phone distractions has increased, but we believe the real increase is far more than the official statistics," Gordon told a National Transportation Safety Board panel on Wednesday.
Tesla has begun updating automatic-braking software in its vehicles produced within the past six months. Consumer Reports, however, had already reduced its ratings for the Model X and Model S over the lack of a functional sensor-based emergency-braking feature.
Drought and wildfires in parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Colorado have left farms and ranch land damaged, with the fires killing six people and more than 20,000 cattle and pigs, officials say. The wildfires' damage to fences is estimated to be about $55 million in the four states.
Hyundai said a bug in its Blue Link mobile app allowed vehicles to be started remotely for three months before the vulnerability was discovered and fixed. The Department of Homeland Security is not aware of any "known public exploits," noting that taking advantage of the flaw would have required advanced skills.
Chipotle has announced that it is working with law enforcement and cybersecurity experts to look into unauthorized activity on its credit card payment system. The company is investigating transactions from March 24 to April 18, and it will release details on the timeline and affected restaurants as the investigation continues.
Business groups are encouraging the Florida Senate, which has less than two weeks left in its session, to OK a House-approved bill that would make changes to assignment of benefits. "Skyrocketing litigation costs are a major problem, and if we go another legislative session without a solution, this type of abuse will only get worse and insurance costs could continue to rise," said Logan McFaddin of PCI.