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News Story
9/14/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Automakers and their advocates have been busy in the halls of Congress and Department of Transportation. The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that will make it easier for self-driving cars to hit the road, the Department of Transportation replaced an Obama-era self-driving vehicle policy with a more industry-friendly approach, and...
News Story
9/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
New initiative paves the way for further development, but concerns remain In an effort to speed development of autonomous vehicle technology, the US Department of Transportation on Tuesday rolled out an initiative that would help automakers put self-driving cars on public roads more quickly. The initiative, unveiled by Transportation Secretary...
News Story
9/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The government doesn’t want to stand in the way of autonomous vehicles. That’s the biggest message to emerge from the Trump administration's newly updated guidelines for the nascent robo-car industry. The guidelines—and they are very much guidelines, not rules or regulations, which is a message frequently reiterated in the...
News Release
9/12/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The new Federal autonomous vehicle policy released today poses a threat to highway safety, Consumer Watchdog warned and the nonpartisan nonprofit group called for the enactment of enforceable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards specifically covering self-driving cars. Dubbed a “Vision for Safety 2.0” and...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. government has a message for the scores of companies racing to develop self-driving cars: We want to make your life easier. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on Tuesday unveiled revised federal guidelines for testing and deploying autonomous cars that aim to be nimble and supportive of innovation, while aligning with...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The Trump administration has established its support for self-driving car deployment, following the U.S. Department of Transportation’s release Tuesday of new federal guidelines for automobile manufacturers and technology companies vying to create fully automated systems. The new guidelines are seen as a win for the automated vehicles...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Ann Arbor — President Donald Trump’s administration is doing away with an Obama-era policy that could have required automakers to submit safety assessments showing their self-driving cars meet 15 guidelines before placing them on public roads. Instead, the Trump administration’s proposal says automakers “may” submit a...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Transportation Department unveiled a new policy that permits companies developing autonomous vehicles to self-police the technology’s safety, a move that drew plaudits from automakers but criticism from safety advocates. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the policy incorporates concerns raised by companies and others about...
News Story
9/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The freedom of the open road holds a magnetic appeal for Americans, quickening like the flood when Henry Ford unleashed his Model T, but exhilaration can’t be traded for the convenience of the “safety” of a car that drives itself. Such a car is a measure of progress only if it works. Seeing is believing, and it’s likely to...
Blog Post
11/23/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
The National Highway Safety Administration has apparently bought into the hype from robot car manufacturers and has failed to take necessary steps to protect the nation’s highways. As Consumer Watchdog just told NHSA in formal comments filed with the agency about the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, voluntary guidance  is insufficient...