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News Story
3/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Los Angeles - Sooner or later, consumers will be able to buy cars that rely on computers — not the owner — to do the driving. With that in mind, the California Department of Motor Vehicles held an initial public hearing Tuesday as it puzzles through how to regulate the public's use of the technology that is still being tested....
News Story
6/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google plans to corner the wind energy market in New Jersey. It’s a first-of-its kind venture that could cost Google and its partners $1.3 billion, but one Google believes fits its core mission: You can make money without doing evil. It’s all well and good until you look at the fine print. If the project goes as planned, Google wins a...
News Story
5/28/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's self-driving car had already logged hundreds of thousands of miles on Bay Area roads before Gov. Jerry Brown took a ceremonious spin in an autonomous Prius last year and signed a law allowing the vehicles to operate in California. Now bureaucrats in state government are playing catch-up, writing a whole new set of rules of the road....
News Story
5/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Just a few years ago, the idea that a 19-year-old from Romania had built a self-driving car would’ve sounded like science fiction. Now, to get attention, Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu had to do it on the cheap. While Google’s (GOOG) autonomous driving vehicle costs $75,000, Budisteanu’s system—which uses 3D radar and a mounted...
News Release
4/19/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA—The California Department of Motor Vehicles must enact regulations that protect safety and privacy in new regulations it is drafting that would cover Google’s driverless cars and other “autonomous vehicles” traveling on California’s highways.   SB 1298, signed into law last September, directs...
News Story
10/8/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES – The rush toward driverless cars by Golden State lawmakers needs to be tempered by the growing risks the technology poses to auto makers, a leading manufacturer group says. Hours after Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill authorizing state regulations for autonomous vehicles by 2015, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, whose...
News Story
10/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, California -- October 1, 2012 -- Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a driverless car law into effect at a ceremony at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. According to advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, the law poses threats to safety and privacy. SB 1298 directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to write...
News Story
9/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
When California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to regulate self-driving vehicles almost no one -- industry watchers or taxpayers -- objected. How times have changed from the late-1970s when Brown was given the nickname "Governor Moonbeam" for promoting such futuristic ideas as California launching its own satellites. Brown, 74, was just...
News Release
9/26/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The driverless car law signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown at a ceremony at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View poses threats to Californians’ safety and privacy, Consumer Watchdog said. SB 1298 directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to write regulations covering robot cars by January 2015, but the...
News Story
9/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
California is the latest state to allow testing of Google's self-driving cars on the roads, though only with a human passenger along as a safety measure. Gov. Edmund "Jerry" Brown signed the autonomous-vehicles bill into law Tuesday afternoon alongside Google co-founder Sergey Brin and State Sen. Alex Padilla, who authored the bill,...