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News Story
4/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An automaker trade association warned Friday that U.S. auto safety regulators' timetable for unveiling guidance on the deployment of self-driving cars may be too aggressive. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Friday held the first of two public hearings to get input as it writes policy...
News Story
4/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
"We may be on the cusp of a safety innovation revolution," said Mark Rosekind, who runs the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), kicking off the federal government's first public hearing on self-driving cars. Over 200 people attended the hearing Friday at the US Department of Transportation's headquarters in...
News Story
4/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON -- Auto industry and consumer representatives warned Friday that U.S. auto safety regulators' push to aid autonomous car deployments may be too aggressive, and urged greater transparency and public input in policies covering self-driving technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday held the first of two...
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4/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates warned Friday that U.S. auto safety regulators' push to aid autonomous car deployments may be too aggressive, and urged greater transparency and public input in policies covering self-driving technology.
News Release
4/7/2016
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- A little-publicized proposal by Google to allow its driverless cars to detour U.S. auto safety laws threatens public safety and security, Consumer Watchdog said in a letter sent today to Secretary of Transportation Foxx and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).   Noting Google’s consistent...
News Story
4/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As federal officials prepare to hold a public hearing Friday on self-driving cars, a consumer-advocacy group is demanding that Google explain how safe – and unsafe – its self-driving cars are. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s public meeting in Washington, D.C. is intended to help the agency develop...
News Story
3/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
March 25, 2016 -- Would you feel safe in a completely driver-less car? Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based nationally recognized advocacy group prone to litigating issues involving taxpayers and shoppers, says no way. The nonprofit organization on Ocean Park Boulevard has been engaged in a months-long battle to put the brakes on the pace of...
News Story
3/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Automated vehicles will learn everything about you—and influence your behavior in ways you might not even realize. Allow me to join you, if I may, on your morning commute sometime in the indeterminate future. Here we are, stepping off the curb and into the backseat of a vehicle. As you close the car door behind you, the address of your...
News Story
3/17/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Nearly every American car would be equipped with automatic emergency braking within six years under an “unprecedented” pact announced Thursday between federal regulators and the auto industry. The agreement was reached between the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and 20...
News Story
3/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON: Google, Lyft and auto industry executives have urged lawmakers to help create a regulatory fast lane to help the deployment of self-driving cars. In testimony at a Senate hearing, representatives of General Motors and auto-equipment maker Delphi touted numerous safety and environmental benefits of autonomous vehicles. Chris Urmson,...