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News Story
4/26/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Cars with no one in them may be cruising downtown streets as early as the end of this year if city and state motor vehicle officials have their way. The state Department of Motor Vehicles plans to issue rules this year that will allow automakers and tech companies to test autonomous vehicles for the first time on public streets with no one behind...
News Release
4/25/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Regulations proposed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles covering the deployment of robot cars are “premature and irresponsible” Consumer Watchdog told the DMV, saying that they wrongly rely on non-existent federal safety standards. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group said that the proposed expanded...
News Story
4/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber will debut its first “flying cars” by 2020, the ride-hailing company said Tuesday, an aggressive plan aimed at ushering in a future where workers make their daily commutes by air. Uber plans to demo the futuristic vehicles in Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai within three years, the company...
News Story
4/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Monday closed the public comment period on its proposed testing and deployment rules for driverless cars. On Tuesday it opened the doors to a public hearing on those rules. Dozens of manufacturers, software developers, insurers and interested residents showed up. Here are four takeaways based on...
News Story
4/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Automakers on Tuesday urged the state of California to further ease its proposed regulations for autonomous vehicles, saying the state did not respond to their earlier objections by making enough revisions to its planned set of rules for self-driving cars. At a public hearing in Sacramento monitored via webcast, automakers urged California to drop...
News Story
4/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Those driverless test cars cruising California streets may soon, in fact, be driverless. The state Department of Motor Vehicles on Friday posted its latest proposed regulations for testing and deploying fully autonomous vehicles in the Golden State. The long-awaited move—a 2012 law said the rules were supposed to be in place two years ago...
News Story
4/17/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Automakers are rushing to put self-driving cars on the road, but questions remain about who will be responsible for accidents that occur when vehicles are in control of primary driving tasks. A consumer safety group is trying to get ahead of the problem by pushing automakers to assume responsibility for crashes involving self-...
News Story
3/20/2017
Posted by Connor
After a barrage of lawsuits directed at the online shopping industry, it appeared Amazon Inc. was starting to phase out list pricing, a controversial practice accused of deceptively inflating how much consumers save through the e-commerce giant. But a study commissioned by Consumer Watchdog finds that the pricing system remains rampant, affecting...
News Story
3/13/2017
Posted by Connor
In a shift, companies will no longer have to get permission from the jurisdiction where they plan to test the cars but instead simply notify them in writing. The proposed regulations were published Friday and the public now has until April 24 to comment on them. The new rules could take effect in 2018. They're in response to frustrations that...
News Story
3/13/2017
Posted by Connor
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cars with no steering wheel, no pedals and nobody at all inside could be driving themselves on California roads by the end of the year, under proposed state rules that would give a powerful boost to the fast-developing technology. For the past several years, tech companies and automakers have been testing self-driving car...