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News Release
6/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned the California Department of Motor Vehicles not to succumb to pressure from Google and others with a vested interest in developing “driverless cars” to rush to adopt regulations for the public use of the vehicles that are inadequate to protect our safety. “We urge the DMV...
News Story
6/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group wants the California Department of Motor Vehicles to slow Google’s rush to get driverless cars on the road. Consumer Watchdog said the state’s regulations don’t allow enough time to test the self-driving cars before allowing them on California streets and highways. “We urge the DMV to follow a sensible and...
News Story
3/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES — The cars of the future are heading toward a dealership near you — without a human being at the wheel. To Google Inc. and the other corporations that are investing millions of dollars to develop them, driverless, or autonomous, vehicles are a revolutionary combination of automotive and robotics technology that will yield...
News Story
3/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Foreshadowing a clash between carmakers and a prominent auto insurance company, Sen. Bill Monning on Tuesday unveiled a bill to loosen car manufacturers’ grip on data generated by vehicles. Framed by a computer-equipped car parked on the steps of the state Capitol, the Carmel Democrat said his Senate Bill 994 would allow consumers to see...
News Story
3/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
There’s a lot of questions when it comes to how to regulate driverless cars—Can you “operate” one if you’re drunk? What if you’re blind? When should a person have to take over? Who is at fault if one crashes? But then there’s one that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention, especially because the...
Video
3/12/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
It's coming, "driverless cars" could be commercially available sooner than you think. The California DMV held a public hearing to solicit ideas on how to integrate driverless cars — sometimes called "autonomous vehicles" — onto public roads.California regulators are now listening to issues data privacy and...
News Story
3/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Sacramento -- State regulators are wadding through complex questions on how to prepare California roadways for computer-driven car technology - from self-parking features to traffic jam autopilot to completely driverless vehicles. The California Department of Motor Vehicles held a public workshop Tuesday in Sacramento to hear from some of the...
News Story
3/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Autonomous vehicles are headed for the commercial market, and they may find their way onto our roadways as early as 2015. But that reality would require a huge rework of today’s operational regulations for personal vehicles -- and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (CA DMV) is moving fast to see that it does in fact become reality....
News Release
3/11/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SACRAMENTO, CA -- The California Department of Motor Vehicles must enact regulations that protect users privacy in new regulations it is drafting that would cover Google’s driverless cars and other “autonomous vehicles” traveling on California’s highways, Consumer Watchdog told the DMV today. “The DMV regulations must...
Blog Post
3/11/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
I was up in Sacramento today to call on the Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure that the regulations that they are developing to govern the use of autonomous vehicles – popularly known as driverless cars –will protect the operators’ privacy. The company that will be most directly affected by the new autonomous vehicle...