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4/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
John M. Simpson with Consumer Watchdog says driverless cars are not safe enough yet to be on the roads without a driver in the car who is able to take the wheel.
Courtroom Case
4/26/2016
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Three advanced auto safety technologies can prevent thousands of deaths and injuries each year, and billions of dollars in property damage, caused by rear-end crashes. Using combinations of radar, lidar (reflected laser light) and cameras, these technologies – known as Automatic Emergency Braking – are able to help prevent collisions....
News Story
4/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The battle to dominate the next generation of cars hinges in part on autonomous driving technology. Google has built a leading position - thanks not just to its tech expertise, but also its persistent lobbying. AUSTIN, Texas – The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Plaza here is a strip mall with a pet-accessories store, a Thai restaurant and a yogurt...
News Story
4/17/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Like many Americans, we’re enamored with the prospects for better living through technological advancements. And, like many Americans, we often bristle over government regulations and the slow speed of regulators to respond to and adapt to technological change. Today that leaves us giving a heavy sigh as we urge tapping the brakes a bit...
News Story
4/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog are fighting Google's self-driving car plans, because computers are fickle and humans are dumb You’ve likely seen the footage. A Dutch man is driving his Tesla Model S on the highway, except he’s not in the driver’s seat — he’s in the back. At 51 mph, the car is navigating by itself, using...
News Story
4/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog wants to put the brakes on removing the brakes ... and steering wheel. In comments for a NHTSA public meeting about automated vehicle technology, John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project Director, called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require a steering wheel, brake, and accelerator in...
News Story
4/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Over the past two years, Action Alerts PLUS holding Alphabet (GOOGL) has made a strong push for driverless cars with varying degrees of success, as aspects of the industry have been met with opposition at the federal and state levels. Google isn't the only company devloping the technology, however, and the movement for...
News Release
4/8/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require a steering wheel, brake and accelerator so a human driver can take control of a self-driving robot car when necessary in the guidelines it is developing on automated vehicle technology. In comments for a NHTSA public meeting today...
News Story
4/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog on Friday called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to require a steering wheel, brake and accelerator in all autonomous vehicles so a human driver can take control of a self-driving vehicle when necessary. The group asked NHTSA to place these requirements in the guidelines the agency is developing on...
News Story
4/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON, DC -- Self-driving cars are more likely to hurt than help public safety because of unsolved technical issues, engineers and safety advocates told the government Friday, countering a push by innovators to speed government approval. Even a trade association for automakers cautioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at a...