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1/12/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s just released report detailing when human drivers took control of a self-driving robot car being tested underscores the need – as required by California DMV draft regulations – for a driver behind a steering wheel of a self-driving car, Consumer Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan, nonprofit...
News Story
1/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO – Google says the computer brain inside its self-driving car is getting smarter fast, with the number of times human test drivers had to take over for the autonomous vehicle decreasing sharply in recent months. In its latest mandatory autonomous-car report to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and its first on the...
News Story
1/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California regulators require self-driving car firms to report when humans had to take over from robot drivers for safety, though Google is giving only select data “Release of the disengagement report was a positive step, but Google should also release any video it has of the disengagement incidents, as well as any technical data it...
News Story
1/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES _ Google’s futuristic self-driving cars needed some old-fashioned human intervention to avoid 11 crashes during testing on California roads, the company revealed Tuesday, results it says are encouraging but show the technology has yet to reach the goal of not needing someone behind the wheel. With Google’s fleet logging...
News Story
1/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Over the course of the 1.3 million miles that Google's self-driving vehicles have cruised around public roads since September 2014, the cars failed 272 times, according to a new report for the Department of Motor Vehicles that Google just published.  Each time, the cars "disengaged" from their autonomous mode,...
News Story
1/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s self-driving cars roaming through the roads of Mountain View and Texas for test runs have been involved in some fender benders, but distracted drivers were the ones who rear ended the cars. Still, there’s also been about a dozen times when the self-driving cars have come close to hitting an object, prompting a driver to take...
News Story
1/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As Obama Touts Transportation Tech, Documents Douse Autonomous Enthusiasm On the same night President Obama pressed the need to build a "21st century transportation system" in his final State of the Union speech, a new report released by one of the companies leading that charge showed serious potholes remain ahead. Self-driving cars are...
News Story
1/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Mandatory reports released Jan. 12 by the California Department of Motor Vehicles from seven companies testing self-driving cars on public roads in the state come amid a debate about whether cars should be able to drive themselves without a human present. Seven companies testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in California have reported to...
News Story
1/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
From BMW's iVision autonomous concept to reports of a potential Ford-Google collaboration to a dozen other heralded developments in Las Vegas this week, self-driving cars have become a major attraction at CES. Collectively, companies have touted autonomous cars as a means to delivering a safer, more fuel-efficient, more comfortable...
News Release
1/6/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumers and regulators should not be fooled by the autonomous vehicle hype coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Consumer Watchdog warned today. “Robot car advocates are putting a glitzy spin on their ‘autonomous’ technologies,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s...