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News Story
4/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As federal officials prepare to hold a public hearing Friday on self-driving cars, a consumer-advocacy group is demanding that Google explain how safe – and unsafe – its self-driving cars are. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s public meeting in Washington, D.C. is intended to help the agency develop...
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...
Blog Post
3/22/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
The  unprecedented deal between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and 20 automakers to voluntarily make automatic emergency braking systems standard on their cars by 2022 actually undercuts auto safety.  As Congress said in 1966, when it created NHTSA: ‘The...
News Story
3/17/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Nearly every American car would be equipped with automatic emergency braking within six years under an “unprecedented” pact announced Thursday between federal regulators and the auto industry. The agreement was reached between the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and 20...
News Release
3/15/2016
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
SANTA MONICA, CA – Congress will put lives at risk if it rushes to grant self-driving robot cars a shortcut around safety rules to eliminate the requirement that humans be able to intervene, Consumer Watchdog said today as the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the developing technology. According to Google reports, a driver...
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, 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
3/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Earlier last month, a self-driving Google car sideswiped a bus in California. The California Department of Motor Vehicles released the accident report and it appears that the autonomous vehicle was at fault. Google Car (Image Credit: Google Self-Driving Car Project) This accident has caused various groups, including a non-profit organization that...
News Release
3/3/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of a Google self-driving car crashing into a bus, a coalition of consumer groups called on the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “to commit to maximum transparency and public involvement” as they develop policy and safety standards covering...