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News Story
10/17/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Last Friday, ten consumer and privacy advocacy groups, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Center for Digital Democracy, and Consumer Watchdog, sent a letter to Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle, requesting that the CPSC recall the Google Home Mini smart speaker. The speaker was designed to respond to the voice commands, “...
News Story
10/16/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Despite Sen. Kamala Harris's crusade against outlets that allow advertisements for underage trafficking, the California Democrat has resisted publicly commenting or signing onto bipartisan legislation that would allow families of victims and states to sue Backpage.com and other websites. Harris, while serving as California's attorney...
News Story
10/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
California regulators on Wednesday rolled out the latest proposed rules for regulating driverless cars, staking their claim for strong state oversight in the face of increased calls for federal preemption. The new rules for testing and deployment made mostly minor changes to draft regulations released in March. There’s more...
News Story
10/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. Are California freeways ready for driverless cars with no one behind the wheel? The California Department of Motor Vehicles is continuing with its push to have fully autonomous vehicles on the road in the Golden State as early as June of next year, releasing a revised set of...
News Story
10/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
California has inched one step closer to permitting the testing of fully driverless vehicles on its public roads, a development that could come as soon as 2018. Officials with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles have unveiled long-awaited revisions of proposed regulations that pave the way for further testing and deployment of...
News Release
10/11/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Revised regulations formally proposed today by the California Department of Motor Vehicles covering deployment of robot cars and testing of self-driving cars without steering wheels weaken safety protections because they wrongly rely on nonexistent federal safety standards, Consumer Watchdog said. The nonpartisan,...
News Story
10/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Department of Motor Vehicles just proposed a revised set of regulations that will allow self-driving cars to operate without a driver behind the wheel. The proposal is a big win for automakers and tech companies that have been pushing for the more lenient regulations. California proposed draft regulations in Dec. 2015 that...
News Story
10/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Driverless cars — with nobody behind the wheel — could be on California roads and highways by June 2018.That doesn’t mean you’ll be able to buy a completely driverless car next year, or even hail a ride in one. The technology is still being developed. The driverless cars that may begin appearing next year will be test...
News Story
10/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Fully autonomous vehicles — without backup drivers — could be on California public roads by June or earlier, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said Wednesday as it unveiled a new version of proposed rules. The new draft regulations add requirements for companies testing self-driving cars to notify local authorities about...
News Story
10/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
DMV paves way for human-free fully autonomous vehicles Totally autonomous cars with no drivers, no passengers nor steering wheels are set to roll out onto California's streets under rules proposed by the US state's Department of Motor Vehicles. The regulator's suggested changes to the Golden State's red tape, published Wednesday,...