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News Release
11/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to rebuff pressure from Google and continue at a deliberate pace to ensure regulations covering robot cars protect public safety. “Google may have its foot on the accelerator pedal in its mad drive to develop robot cars, but the DMV has...
Video
11/17/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Jamie Court with Consumer Watchdog asks whether self-driving cars are safe enough to put into public use.  
Blog Post
11/13/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
One thing is for certain when it comes to the Internet giant, whether you now refer to it as Alphabet or still call it Google.  The folks from Mountain View are adept at spouting self-serving spin. Here's the latest example. A traffic cop stopped one of the company’s prototype pod cars for impeding traffic.  According to the...
News Story
11/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Yesterday, a Google self-driving vehicle was pulled over by the Mountain View Police for driving too slow. Google is trying to turn the episode into a cute dispute to show how safe their vehicles are. The little marshmallow self-driving Google cars are not capped at 25 mph for safety as stated by the Google Self-driving car Google+ page. They are...
News Story
10/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Driverless electric cars are closer to becoming a reality, but issues still exist. Nearly 3,000 roadway deaths could be prevented worldwide every day if humans could be removed from the driving equation. Nobody’s talking about taking people out of their cars, but rather, taking them out of the driver’s seat. Every year, more than 1.2...
News Story
10/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Autonomous cars, self-driving cars, “robot” cars — no matter what you call them, these wonders of modern technology are coming to American roads, with companies like Google currently testing on public streets. But they’re not likely to become common sights on your everyday commute until the country tackles some important...
News Story
10/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Toronto, Ontario -- October 13, 2015 -- The California Department of Motor Vehicles has announced it will post all autonomous vehicle accident reports on its website. The move comes after a citizens' group, Consumer Watchdog, suggested the DMV make the reports more easily available. In a press release announcing the action, an executive with...
News Story
10/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
With the release of nine reports, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has created what is likely the first public data set on driverless car crashes in the U.S. The DMV released all its reports on autonomous vehicle (AV) crashes on Thursday, including details such as vehicle speeds, location and the circumstances of each crash. Eight...
News Release
10/9/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The California Department of Motor Vehicles today said it will now post all autonomous vehicle accident reports on its website.  The move comes after Consumer Watchdog recently suggested to the DMV that it make the required reports easily available online. “Our highways are being used as corporate laboratories...
News Story
10/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The good news is that after much prodding from Consumer Watchdog, the California Department of Motor Vehicles today said it will now post all autonomous vehicle accident reports on its website. The bad news is that the group didn’t get everything it asked for previously, John Simpson and Consumer Watchdog petitioned the DMV for a rulemaking...