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News Story
6/23/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Much of the media coverage surrounding President Trump's meetings with tech industry executives this week has focused on the companies in the room — Apple, Microsoft, Verizon and so on. But separate meetings organized around the same event have also included a smattering of government officials, including on Thursday the head of the...
News Story
6/21/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Seven years after Google started developing robocars, 13 months after a Florida man died in a Tesla Model S that was driving itself, and almost a year after self-driving Ubers started picking up passengers in Pennsylvania, Congress might actually start regulating autonomous vehicles. Nearly everyone working on this emerging technology, from...
News Story
6/16/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington – States would prevented from passing their own laws on the testing or design of self-driving cars under a proposed bill being drafted in the U.S. House of Representatives. The measure, which would represent a big win for carmakers, is a stark departure from the Obama administration’s recommendation that called for...
News Story
6/15/2017
Posted by Connor
The promise of self-driving cars is the promise of Silicon Valley to make the world a better place. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who lives in Los Angeles, has made a reasonable argument about this vehicle technology, which he hopes to have available to his customers within 10 years: Humans make terrible drivers, and "1.2 million people that die every...
News Release
6/14/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Robot cars operating without mandatory safety, security, privacy and ethical standards will pose unprecedented risks to the American public, Consumer Watchdog warned today in a report, Self-Driving Vehicles: The Threat to Consumers. The report is being issued in conjunction with a day-long program, Driverless Cars: The Legal...
News Story
6/14/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — The day before a Senate panel is to discuss federal regulations for self-driving cars, three senators released “principles” to guide that legislation. U.S. Sens. John Thune, R-S.D.; Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township; and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., all members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee,...
News Story
6/14/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — The federal government will have to find ways to regulate self-driving cars that don’t stifle innovation among auto manufacturers and technology companies, lawmakers and industry groups agreed during a hearing that took place hours after a shooting rocked Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Proceeding with business as usual after a...
News Release
6/7/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google, today refused to back a change in Internet law that would enable victims to hold websites that intentionally facilitate online child sex-trafficking accountable, at the company’s annual shareholders meeting. The refusal came from Kent Walker, Sr. Vice President and General...
News Story
6/7/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
MOUNTAIN VIEW — A proposal from two investment firms to order Google’s parent firm Alphabet to issue a report on an alleged “gender pay gap” was dead even before it was read out at Wednesday’s annual stockholders meeting. Earlier proxy voting by investors killed the measure, which was also proposed last year, Alphabet...
News Story
5/30/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Was that job offer rescinded when your soon-to-be employer “Googled” you and found those sex photos you’d forgotten about? Was a potentially perfect life partner turned off when a police mug shot from two decades ago turned up on an obscure website? The state of New York is considering a way to end these kinds of high-tech...