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News Story
11/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A California-based consumer advocacy group is urging the state's DMV to crack down on Tesla’s use of the words "autopilot" and “self-driving” in its marketing, saying the terms mislead consumers into believing the feature is safer than it actually is. In September, the California Department of Motor Vehicles issued...
News Story
11/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Department of Motor Vehicles put forth proposed regulations that would, in effect, prohibit Tesla from using the Autopilot name to market its vehicles. That was in September. Now, a consumer group is telling the DMV to get on with it.     Tesla uses the word Autopilot to describe its driver-assist...
News Story
11/13/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog continues to look out for automotive safety including the safety of self-driving cars. The advocacy organization is also committed to keeping track of the Trump adminstration. After the presidental election results were announced, Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court sent an email to subscribers, supporters and the media. He...
News Release
11/10/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to enact Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards covering autonomous vehicles, saying that a lack of enforceable performance standards covering the vehicles "threatens the safety of the nation's highways." In conjunction with...
News Story
10/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Tesla Motors Inc.’s entrance into the race to build a fully self-driving car has the potential to scramble an already contentious debate about whether autonomous vehicles should be allowed to operate alongside traditional autos on U.S. roads. The company said last week that it will begin equipping all of its cars with...
Blog Post
10/21/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Every time I look at Elon Musk’s picture now, I hear that Talking Heads song, “Run Away.” Psycho Killer Qu’est-ce que c’est Run, Run....Run, Run Away! Musk built a robot car “Auto-pilot” system that killed a Navy Seal in Florida in June and, as Chinese Television revealed recently, a driver in China...
News Story
10/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Tesla has used humans as ‘guinea pigs,' Consumer Watchdog claims A non-profit consumer advocacy group yesterday called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to keep robotic cars off the road until the federal government enacts "enforceable" safety standards. Consumer Watchdog made its announcement on the same day...
News Release
10/19/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to prohibit autonomous vehicles without a human driver capable of taking control until the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) enacts enforceable standards covering the safety performance of robot cars. NHTSA has proposed a...
News Story
10/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California regulators asked members of the public Wednesday what they thought about proposed regulations that would — eventually — allow self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals on public roads. For the most part, the message was the regulations still need a lot of work. In a workshop at the state...
News Story
10/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google unit and automakers objected on Wednesday to California proposals to set new, mandatory rules for testing self-driving cars in the state, which industry officials said could hobble their efforts in the home to much of self-driving vehicle testing and development. Automakers and Google raised a litany of concerns...