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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...
News Story
10/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California regulators are weighing draft rules for driverless cars that some industry experts worry go further than recently released federal guidelines. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) held a public hearing on Wednesday with members of the auto industry who are pursuing autonomous vehicles and safety advocates who fear the...
News Story
10/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s newest plans to regulate self-driving cars are drawing scrutiny from automakers and consumer advocates. The Department of Motor Vehicles has revised its proposed rules in light of new federal guidelines out last month.  Eighteen companies have permits to test self-driving cars on California’s roads, from Ford to...
News Story
10/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s proposed rules for self-driving vehicles got another road test Wednesday, as vehicle makers and industry groups expressed concern at a public workshop that the Department of Motor Vehicles’ regulations could slow development of the technology and conflict with more flexible federal guidelines. Recent revisions to the...
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10/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
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.
News Story
10/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates and concerned parents gathered Monday in Santa Monica to condemn the drug industry’s well-heeled campaign against Proposition 61, a measure designed to stop drug price gouging. The press conference was held in the wake of Friday’s announcement that Mylan will pay a $465 million penalty for overcharging Medicaid for...
News Story
10/3/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California lawmakers passed a law to allowing pilot tests of vehicles without drivers. The next day, they also released revised draft regulations to allow for broader testing of fully autonomous cars on public streets In the last two days of September, California transportation authorities made some noteworthy changes to their self-driving vehicle...
News Story
10/3/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California regulators, it turns out, take a dim view of Tesla Motors’ Autopilot — not the self-steering system itself, but the name. In draft regulations released late Friday, the state Department of Motor Vehicles said car companies should not use the terms “self-driving,” “automated” or “auto-pilot...
News Story
9/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A new law signed yesterday by Gov. Jerry Brown will subject Uber and Lyft drivers to tougher security screening. But the measure doesn't take background screening to the depths faced by taxi drivers in the city of Los Angeles, where fingerprint-based checks against California Department of Justice and FBI databases are mandated for...