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News Story
8/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to this radio broadcast segment. A new bill has been proposed to give the Food and Drug Administration authority to test cosmetic ingredients, as well as recall products that prove to be unsafe for consumers. Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and Susan Collins, R-Maine have co-authored the Personal Care Products Safety...
News Story
8/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
With two federal safety investigations already underway in the U.S., Tesla Motors could face scrutiny in China, as well, in the wake of an incident involving a Model S sedan operating in Autopilot mode. The crash last week was relatively minor – unlike the fatal accident in Florida on May 9 – but it raises questions about both the...
News Story
8/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — A spate of crashes involving Tesla cars equipped with Autopilot driver-assist software has emboldened consumer groups to push federal regulators to pump the brakes on rules governing self-driving vehicles. The safety advocates say the fatal accident involving a 2015 Tesla Model S with Autopilot engaged that occurred in May has...
News Story
7/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The US Center for Auto Safety, Consumer Watchdog and former National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) administrator Joan Claybrook have told NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind that "you inexcusably are rushing full speed ahead" to promote the deployment of self-driving robot car technology instead of developing adequate safety...
News Release
7/28/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Auto safety advocates today told National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind that “you inexcusably are rushing full speed ahead” to promote the deployment of self-driving robot car technology instead of developing adequate safety standards “crucial to ensuring imperfect...
News Story
7/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Joan Claybrook joined Consumer Watchdog and the Center For Auto Safety in reprimanding NHTSA for its response to the fatal crash of Tesla Model S operating in Autopilot mode. In a Thursday letter, the advocates said they are “dumbfounded” that NHTSA...
News Story
7/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The National Highway Traffic Administration should stop pushing the adoption of “robot car technology” until more testing is done and enforceable safety standards are promulgated, according to a July 28 letter sent by three advocacy groups to NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. The groups said the letter was sent in response to Rosekind...
News Story
7/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Obama administration want self-driving cars on the roads as soon as possible, but not everyone is in such a rush. Auto safety organizations say the government is rushing autonomous technology into cars without safety rules necessary for the technology. In a letter sent to President...
News Story
7/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
What’s in a name? For Tesla’s driver-assist system “autopilot,” plenty of controversy. Some of the most enthusiastic proponents of autonomous vehicles and features are worried that autopilot — not the technology itself, but the very name, which some find misleading — might slow down the evolution of the...
News Story
7/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A combination of "extremely rare circumstances" last month is believed to have led to the first known fatal crash linked to self-driving car technology, according to a statement released yesterday by Tesla Motors. With an investigation now under way by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the possible impact on the...