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Blog Post
7/29/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
Promoters of self-driving vehicles tout the supposed benefits the robot cars will bring such as improved road safety if all the technological challenges are solved.  They appear to assume adoption will be widespread once the robot technology is perfected. There is a long way to go. Google’s self-driving cars, now being tested on public...
News Story
7/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
According to a report released by Google (PDF) this month, the company's self-driving cars were involved in two human-error accidents in the month of June. In addition, Google's funny little prototype self-driving bubble cars hit the streets of Mountain View for the first time. The company says that so far, the two prototypes logging...
News Story
6/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
As Google is working on rolling out the latest version of its self-driving cars for road tests this summer, the company has also revealed that its vehicles have been involved in a total of 13 accidents since the program began. That number was accrued over nearly two million miles of testing in six years, and most importantly, all of the...
News Story
6/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES - California state officials released reports Thursday detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads. The disclosure came after The Associated Press argued to the Department of Motor...
News Story
6/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Self-driving cars are a government plot. Clearly. All that talk about preventing accidents and saving lives? A classic, obvious ruse. Cars that communicate with each other and drive themselves are nothing less than an attempt by the car companies and a tyrannical government to monitor and control your every move. It’s all there on the...
News Story
6/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is expanding its self-driving car fleet while the California Department of Motor Vehicles is providing more information about self-driving car collisions in California. The information provided, however doesn’t clearly show the cause of the accidents, notes a consumer advocacy group. This week, Google had 48 permits for self-driving...
News Release
6/18/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The California Department of Motor Vehicles has reversed its policy and today said it would release accident reports about crashes involving self-driving cars that are being tested on public roads. “It took too long, but the DMV is now getting right,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy...
News Story
6/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Chris Urmson doesn't think it's funny, but he can't help but chuckle when he talks about some of the things he and his team have seen while logging more than a million miles in Google's autonomous-drive vehicles. "Every once in a while it's shocking what we've seen people doing," said Urmson, director of Google...
News Story
6/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES -- California state officials released reports Thursday detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that had shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads. The disclosure came after The Associated Press successfully argued to the...
News Story
6/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Breaking with previous policy, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said Thursday it will now release reports from accidents involving self-driving cars. The decision comes amid mounting scrutiny of how companies like Google test autonomous technology on public roadways. For months, DMV officials have declined to release such records...