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News Release
6/26/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on Congress to ensure the adoption of federal safety standards to cover self-driving autonomous vehicles and warned that proposed House legislation that would pre-empt state safety regulations “would leave a regulatory void without meaningful safety protections.” In a formal statement...
News Story
6/21/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Seven years after Google started developing robocars, 13 months after a Florida man died in a Tesla Model S that was driving itself, and almost a year after self-driving Ubers started picking up passengers in Pennsylvania, Congress might actually start regulating autonomous vehicles. Nearly everyone working on this emerging technology, from...
News Story
6/16/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington – States would prevented from passing their own laws on the testing or design of self-driving cars under a proposed bill being drafted in the U.S. House of Representatives. The measure, which would represent a big win for carmakers, is a stark departure from the Obama administration’s recommendation that called for...
News Release
6/14/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Robot cars operating without mandatory safety, security, privacy and ethical standards will pose unprecedented risks to the American public, Consumer Watchdog warned today in a report, Self-Driving Vehicles: The Threat to Consumers. The report is being issued in conjunction with a day-long program, Driverless Cars: The Legal...
News Story
6/14/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — The day before a Senate panel is to discuss federal regulations for self-driving cars, three senators released “principles” to guide that legislation. U.S. Sens. John Thune, R-S.D.; Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township; and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., all members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee,...
News Story
6/14/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — The federal government will have to find ways to regulate self-driving cars that don’t stifle innovation among auto manufacturers and technology companies, lawmakers and industry groups agreed during a hearing that took place hours after a shooting rocked Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Proceeding with business as usual after a...
News Release
6/13/2017
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog joined 80 public interest groups in opposition to a bill the U.S. House will vote on Wednesday that would strip away the rights of patients harmed by medical negligence, elder abuse, dangerous prescription drugs and defective medical devices. President Trump proposed similar limits to patient rights in...
News Release
6/7/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google, today refused to back a change in Internet law that would enable victims to hold websites that intentionally facilitate online child sex-trafficking accountable, at the company’s annual shareholders meeting. The refusal came from Kent Walker, Sr. Vice President and General...
News Story
4/29/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Six members of Congress and two Illinois state senators are pushing for closer scrutiny of insurance practices Six Democratic members of Congress are urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to appoint a director for the Federal Insurance Office, which monitors access of minority and low-income Americans to affordable insurance, and has been...
News Story
4/28/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Following report that Uber has partaken in some questionable practices, including tracking users after they deleted the Uber app, Congress and federal regulators are considering investigations into the company, according to a report from the Hill. Lawmakers in Washington are reportedly calling for hearings to examine Uber’s potentially...