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News Story
9/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
To the delight of auto manufacturers and tech companies and the dismay of certain consumer and safety groups, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced its much anticipated policy regarding automated vehicles. Policies are targeted at highly automated vehicles, which are vehicles that “can take full control of the driving task in...
News Release
9/20/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Obama Administration appears to have heeded many concerns raised by safety advocates in its new self-driving automated vehicle policy released today, Consumer Watchdog said. Consumer Watchdog added that it is studying the model state policy and that there are concerns about possible pre-emption of strong state...
News Release
9/13/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on President Obama to hold expected autonomous vehicle policies and stop the administration’s undue haste to get autonomous vehicle technology on the road after newly released documents showed “an inappropriate and possibly unethical relationship between Google and key members of your...
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
7/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington – Federal regulators have not lost their enthusiasm for self-driving cars after a series of crashes involving Tesla vehicles that were operating with their automated driving system activated, the nation's top highway safety official said Wednesday. National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind said in a speech at...
News Story
7/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday that he wants government regulators and the auto industry to work more closely together to test self-driving technology before people entrust their vehicle's steering and brakes to a robot. Foxx told about 1,200 people at a self-driving convention in San Francisco that...
News Story
7/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In order to put self-driving cars on the streets, auto makers must first prove themselves, speakers at an automated driving convention have argued. SAN FRANCISCO — It was only mentioned a couple of times, and still the looming specter of Tesla Motors’ first death while one of its cars was in self-driving mode hung over the 2016...
News Story
7/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, along with three auto safety advocates, has written a letter to President Obama urging his administration to stop attempts allowing autonomous vehicle technology on the roads in the wake of reports of a fatal crash involving Tesla’s autonomous system. One day later, Consumer Reports called on Tesla to disable and update...
News Release
7/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO – Consumer Watchdog today called on Tesla to require, through a software update, that the driver’s hands remain on the steering wheel when Autopilot is engaged, and for the Obama administration to slow its push to deploy self-driving robot car technology.  The group also called on Tesla and other carmakers to accept...
News Story
7/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As automakers race to create cars that can drive themselves, a growing chorus of consumer advocates is demanding that the companies — and their federal regulators — slow down.   The fatal crash of a Tesla Motors Model S operating in its self-steering Autopilot mode has thrown the issue into sharp relief. Consumer Reports on...