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News Story
3/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
March 25, 2016 -- Would you feel safe in a completely driver-less car? Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based nationally recognized advocacy group prone to litigating issues involving taxpayers and shoppers, says no way. The nonprofit organization on Ocean Park Boulevard has been engaged in a months-long battle to put the brakes on the pace of...
Blog Post
3/23/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminsitration (NHTSA) says it will hold public meetings about self-driving robot car technologies after a coalition of consumer groups sent a letter to Transportation Secretary  Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Adminsitration Mark Rosekind calling for public involvement as new polices are developed. “Your...
News Story
3/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Automated vehicles will learn everything about you—and influence your behavior in ways you might not even realize. Allow me to join you, if I may, on your morning commute sometime in the indeterminate future. Here we are, stepping off the curb and into the backseat of a vehicle. As you close the car door behind you, the address of your...
News Story
3/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON: Google, Lyft and auto industry executives have urged lawmakers to help create a regulatory fast lane to help the deployment of self-driving cars. In testimony at a Senate hearing, representatives of General Motors and auto-equipment maker Delphi touted numerous safety and environmental benefits of autonomous vehicles. Chris Urmson,...
News Story
3/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is determined to get its self-driving cars on the road and doesn't want any roadblocks being erected by the states, so today it will ask Congress to give federal regulators the authority to override state wishes, billing it as a safety measure. "We propose that Congress move swiftly to provide the secretary of transportation with...
News Story
3/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google on Tuesday told U.S. senators that the federal government must fast-track regulations to allow self-driving cars on U.S. roads so America can stay ahead of China, Europe and Japan. "They're hot on our heels," said Chris Urmson, director of Google's driverless car unit. A "growing patchwork" of state regulations...
News Story
3/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Lyft and industry executives are urging lawmakers to help create a 'regulatory fast lane' to help push through the development of self-driving cars - as experts warn they will kill. At a Senate hearing, representatives of General Motors and Delphi touted numerous safety and environmental benefits of autonomous vehicles. However,...
News Story
3/10/2016
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
A new video shows a Google self-driving car hitting a bus in California, the first such accident where the tech company said its vehicle was at fault. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority released the video to The Associated Press. It shows several views from inside and outside the bus. In one clip, filmed seemingly from the front of...
News Story
3/10/2016
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
When I recently wrote about concerns being voiced, mine included, about self-driven (robotic or driverless) cars I did not imagine I would get to say, “I told you so” quite so quickly. But the recent accident caused by a Google robotic vehicle that assumed a bus would stop for it is a perfect example of why this new ‘...
News Release
3/9/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today demanded that Google release its own video of one of its self-driving robot cars crashing into a transit bus, after the bus company released its video of the incident. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group’s call came after the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority released...