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News Story
9/30/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Jaime Waydo, who heads up engineering for Google’s self-driving cars initiative, says that her team is constantly coming up with new scenarios to try to teach the vehicles safety abilities. The problem that companies like Google are finding out, at least initially, is that autonomous vehicles are a bit too cautious. Consumer Watchdog, a...
News Story
9/29/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
As the number of companies testing self-driving cars on public roads rises, nonprofit Consumer Watchdog says the public should have more information about the crashes those vehicles are getting into. According to Google, none of the accidents its self-driving cars has been in was the fault of the vehicle, or rather the program making decisions...
News Release
9/24/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today formally petitioned the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its driverless car testing regulations to require that police investigate any accidents involving robot cars. In addition the public interest group said the regulations should be amended to require copies of any video or...
News Story
9/24/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog is watching out for the safety of other drivers on the road encountering self-driving vehicles in California. The group is following up on our question we asked when the first accidents occurred, “They have cameras on the cars, why don’t they have to show video footage of what happened?” Consumer Watchdog also...
News Story
8/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A watchdog group is asking California police and the Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate any crashes involving experimental autonomous cars. Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to Jean Shiomoto, director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, on Aug. 20. After praising the DMV’s decision to make official autonomous vehicle accident...
News Story
8/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog is asking the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its Autonomous Vehicle Regulation to require that police investigate any crashes of robot cars being tested on public roads. They also urge the DMV to require any data and video gathered by a self-driving car just before and during a crash should be provided to the...
News Story
8/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A leading consumer group called upon California officials Thursday to strengthen oversight of crashes involving self-driving cars. Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit organization based in the state, asked California's Department of Motor Vehicles to amend regulations to require police to investigate any crashes involving autonomous cars on public...
News Release
8/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its Autonomous Vehicle Regulation to require that police investigate any crashes of robot cars being tested on public roads. In addition the DMV should require that any data and video gathered by a robot car just before and during a...
News Story
8/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Disclosure: Larry Magid is CEO of ConnectSafely.org, a nonprofit Internet safety organization that receives contributions from Google and other tech companies.     I was stunned when I first learned that Google was reorganizing itself with the new corporate name Alphabet that would serve as a holding company of sorts for all of...
News Release
8/10/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s announcement today that it is creating a new holding company called “Alphabet” changes nothing about the company’s impact and challenges it poses for consumers, the nonprofit public interest group Consumer Watchdog said. “A rose by any other name is still a rose and Google by any...