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News Story
1/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Out in Las Vegas this week, plenty of automakers are using the Consumer Electronics Show to tout techy innovations and plug autonomous driving developments. But advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is trying to crash the party. The organization is seeking to brand the cars as "robots," saying in a statement today that "consumers and...
News Story
12/26/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
"Our Palo Alto team has grown significantly this year, using research and innovation to explore and develop future mobility solutions", said Ford CEO Mark Fields. Ford will test autonomously in the second half of 2016. Coming almost a year after its January 1st, 2014 deadline, the California Department of Motor Vehicle today released...
News Story
12/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Ready or not, the robots are coming. There will be cars driving themselves, with no steering wheel for us to grab. Delivery drones will maneuver around patio furniture and vegetable gardens to drop packages in backyards. Delivery carts on sidewalks will hum along, bringing pizza boxes to our front doors. These systems will operate without any...
News Release
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA, CA – Draft regulations covering self-driving robot cars issued today by the California Department of Motor Vehicles incorporate a key safety provision advocated by Consumer Watchdog and require the robot cars to have a steering wheel and pedals and be occupied by a licensed driver capable of taking control of the vehicle. The...
News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES -- California unveiled precedent-setting draft rules Wednesday that would slow the public's access to self-driving cars of the future until regulators are confident the technology is safe. That cautious approach requires that the cars have a steering wheel, and a licensed driver must be ready to take over if the machine fails....
News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Manufacturers could start leasing autonomous cars to the public California has published the world's first regulations dealing with the routine use of autonomous cars on city streets -- a big step toward the day when computers, not humans, are in charge of cars. But the draft rules published on Wednesday don't go as far as some companies...
News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
California on Wednesday unveiled proposed regulations for autonomous cars, a long-awaited step for car companies seeking guidance before eventually selling them to consumers. The proposed rules hold motorists responsible for obeying traffic laws, regardless of whether they are controlling a car's movements. Deciding how much to hold computers...
News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google 'gravely disappointed,' says rules would hold back progress SAN FRANCISCO -- California regulators, calling for caution on self-driving cars, today proposed rules that would sharply restrict their use on the state’s roads -- and place an outright ban on “driverless” cars that travel with no humans onboard. Under...
News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Harsher new rules of the road are proposed as Ford and Kia announce more self-driving vehicle plans Ford and Kia are the latest automakers announcing moves to further their development of autonomous or self-driving vehicles as California announces draft rules that mandate drivers be alert and ready to take the wheel of self-driving cars on...
News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Coming nearly a year after its January 1st, 2014 deadline, the California Department of Motor Vehicle today released those draft rules governing the use and operation of self-driving cars on California roadways. In a move that is sure to draw complaints from the likes of Google and other companies developing the vehicles, the rules mandate that...