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News Story
4/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of new antitrust objections to Google's Android operating system announced by the European Commission (EC) last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reportedly widening its own probe into the tech giant. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal earlier this week reported that FTC staff...
News Story
4/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As automobile accidents go, a 2-mile-per-hour sideswipe typically would not reach the level of having an insurance company pay the repair bill, let alone set off a policy discussion in the highest reaches of government. Yet a recent "fender bender" between an autonomous vehicle being tested by Google and a municipal bus in Mountain View...
News Release
4/27/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
STANFORD, CA  – Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require a steering wheel, brake and accelerator so a human driver can take control of a self-driving robot car when safety demands it in the guidelines it is developing on automated vehicle technology. To dramatize the point, Consumer...
News Story
4/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Autonomous vehicle regulations are fast approaching Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley and the auto industry pleaded with government officials today to employ restraint in issuing regulations for self-driving cars. The meeting was the second of two public hearings on autonomous vehicles held by the Department of Transportation's...
News Story
4/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- The drive to develop autonomous vehicles is evident throughout Silicon Valley where companies large and small are working on the technology, so now federal regulators are starting to step in to set safety rules. Competition drives innovation, and a major focus is on creating autonomous vehicles that are safer than cars...
Video
4/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog says robot cars are not safe enough yet and urged the NHTSA to require a steering wheel, brake and accelerator so a human driver can take control if needed.
Video
4/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
John M. Simpson with Consumer Watchdog says driverless cars are not safe enough yet to be on the roads without a driver in the car who is able to take the wheel.
Courtroom Case
4/26/2016
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Three advanced auto safety technologies can prevent thousands of deaths and injuries each year, and billions of dollars in property damage, caused by rear-end crashes. Using combinations of radar, lidar (reflected laser light) and cameras, these technologies – known as Automatic Emergency Braking – are able to help prevent collisions....
News Story
4/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The battle to dominate the next generation of cars hinges in part on autonomous driving technology. Google has built a leading position - thanks not just to its tech expertise, but also its persistent lobbying. AUSTIN, Texas – The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Plaza here is a strip mall with a pet-accessories store, a Thai restaurant and a yogurt...
News Release
4/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google slashed spending on lobbying by 25.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016 to $3.80 million, while AT&T reported the highest lobbying outlay at $4.48 million among a group of 16 tech and communications companies monitored by Consumer Watchdog. Google spent $5.10 million in the comparable 2015 period and AT&T’s...