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2/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Mountain View, CA -- I’m sitting in the back seat of a car with no driver, watching the steering wheel spin one way, then the other, as the car winds through suburban neighborhood streets. Yet I have no fear. Well, almost none. It’s a self-driving car built by Google, and I’m getting a glimpse of the future. That future...
News Story
2/5/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
If there's one priority for self-driving cars upon which everyone can agree, it's safety. Google and other manufacturers are quick to tout the autonomous vehicles as a way to prevent around 33,000 U.S. deaths and many more injuries from auto-related crashes each year. But for all the triumphs of autonomous cars, regulators and consumer...
News Story
2/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. California is the car capital of the world. It’s also becoming the self-driving car capital of the world. Companies from Google to Tesla have used the Golden State as their base to produce and test their autonomous vehicles.The technology is still being fine-tuned, but...
Video
2/2/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director John M. Simpson says the need to require a licensed driver behind the wheel is obvious after a review of the results from seven companies that have been testing robot cars since September 2014.
Video
2/2/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog's John M. Simpson explains why robot cars need a licensed driver in the car with the option to override the driverless system.  
News Story
2/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In March 2014, Google fell under fire for scanning emails in Apps for Education, a collection of online tools and services that include Google Drive and Google Mail. Now, nearly two years later, four UC Berkeley students and alumni filed a lawsuit against Google Inc. on Wednesday, alleging that UC Berkeley emails were the target of such data...
News Release
1/28/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SACRAMENTO, CA – Consumer Watchdog today strongly endorsed the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ draft regulations for autonomous vehicles that require self-driving robot cars have a licensed driver behind the wheel capable of taking control, and a working steering wheel, gas pedal and brake. “The need to require a...
News Story
1/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Department of Motor Vehicles begins to take public input on draft regulations released in December With dozens of manufacturers pushing to get self-driving cars onto the road, California has grappled for the last several years to craft rules that protect public safety without hindering the development of a potentially life-saving technology. When...
News Story
1/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators deciding how to permit the future rollout of self-driving cars were told Thursday by consumer advocates that their cautious approach was right on, and by companies developing the technology that the current course will delay deployment of vehicles that promise huge safety benefits. The state...
Video
1/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog is concerned that driverless car technology is still unproven. John M. Simpson supports the DMV's draft regulations for autonomous vehicles that require self-driving robot cars have a licensed driver behind the wheel capable of taking control, and a working steering wheel, gas pedal and brake.