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News Story
9/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO—The Obama administration on Tuesday will roll out new policies governing autonomous vehicles that give the federal government a lead role in developing safety, testing and road-ready rules for the fast-growing industry. The long-awaited policy, outlined broadly by federal officials in a press briefing Monday, includes a voluntary...
News Story
9/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The free rides in self-driving cars that Uber began offering in Pittsburgh Wednesday wouldn’t be allowed in California. In Michigan, legislators are considering changing a law that requires a safety driver to be behind the wheel of self-driving vehicles to handle unexpected or emergency situations. A Chicago alderman wants to ban them...
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9/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Tesla concealed another deadly crash, but expects no oversight? Tell President Obama to keep our roads safe! http://consumerwatchdog.org/robotcar
News Story
9/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit consumer interests group, has urged President Obama and his administration to delay any regulation regarding autonomous vehicles. In a letter to the president, the consumer advocacy group claims newly discovered documents reveal an inappropriate relationship between Google and the feds. The letter claims emails from...
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9/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court says the lack of federal testing standards in autonomous vehicle testing has lead to two deaths while using Tesla's autopilot function. 
News Release
9/13/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on President Obama to hold expected autonomous vehicle policies and stop the administration’s undue haste to get autonomous vehicle technology on the road after newly released documents showed “an inappropriate and possibly unethical relationship between Google and key members of your...
News Story
8/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Ford Motor Co.’s ambitious declaration that it will have a fully driverless car by 2021 will require big changes in federal and state laws to clear the way. Company executives said Tuesday they plan in the next five years to build fully autonomous cars — without a steering wheel or brake or accelerator pedals...
News Story
8/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The top U.S. highway safety regulator, Mark Rosekind, last month said of self-driving cars: “We are literally seeing the future being created in front of us.” Uber Technologies Inc. and Ford Motor Co. this week proved Rosekind’s point. They announced plans to roll out autonomous vehicles and thus heightened a key question facing...
News Story
8/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
With two federal safety investigations already underway in the U.S., Tesla Motors could face scrutiny in China, as well, in the wake of an incident involving a Model S sedan operating in Autopilot mode. The crash last week was relatively minor – unlike the fatal accident in Florida on May 9 – but it raises questions about both the...
News Story
8/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — A spate of crashes involving Tesla cars equipped with Autopilot driver-assist software has emboldened consumer groups to push federal regulators to pump the brakes on rules governing self-driving vehicles. The safety advocates say the fatal accident involving a 2015 Tesla Model S with Autopilot engaged that occurred in May has...