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News Story
3/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is determined to get its self-driving cars on the road and doesn't want any roadblocks being erected by the states, so today it will ask Congress to give federal regulators the authority to override state wishes, billing it as a safety measure. "We propose that Congress move swiftly to provide the secretary of transportation with...
News Story
3/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google on Tuesday told U.S. senators that the federal government must fast-track regulations to allow self-driving cars on U.S. roads so America can stay ahead of China, Europe and Japan. "They're hot on our heels," said Chris Urmson, director of Google's driverless car unit. A "growing patchwork" of state regulations...
News Story
3/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Lyft and industry executives are urging lawmakers to help create a 'regulatory fast lane' to help push through the development of self-driving cars - as experts warn they will kill. At a Senate hearing, representatives of General Motors and Delphi touted numerous safety and environmental benefits of autonomous vehicles. However,...
News Release
3/9/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today demanded that Google release its own video of one of its self-driving robot cars crashing into a transit bus, after the bus company released its video of the incident. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group’s call came after the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority released...
News Story
3/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Although Google is not required to release videos of their crashes, the bus company released video showing how the Google Lexus caused the sidewipe of the bus on Valentine’s Day this year. Consumers would be better served if Google also released their video says Consumer Watchdog. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority concluded...
News Story
3/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A new video shows a Google self-driving vehicle hitting a transit bus earlier this year in Mountain View, Calif. The video, obtained by the Associated Press, includes traffic footage as well as video from inside the bus. After the collision, the video shows passengers exiting the bus. Following a Valentine's Day collision between a bus and an...
News Story
3/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Earlier last month, a self-driving Google car sideswiped a bus in California. The California Department of Motor Vehicles released the accident report and it appears that the autonomous vehicle was at fault. Google Car (Image Credit: Google Self-Driving Car Project) This accident has caused various groups, including a non-profit organization that...
News Release
3/3/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of a Google self-driving car crashing into a bus, a coalition of consumer groups called on the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “to commit to maximum transparency and public involvement” as they develop policy and safety standards covering...
News Story
3/3/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
At the January 12, 2016 World Congress meeting in Detroit, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Administrator, Mark Rosekind, indicated that “history making” announcements would be forthcoming regarding future steps the administration and the auto industry plan to take to increase vehicle safety. Those...
News Story
3/3/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Reports and a former U.S. road-safety czar have joined a coalition demanding public oversight of self-driving cars after Google’s recent at-fault crash. On Valentine’s Day in Mountain View, a Google robot Lexus SUV sideswiped a bus. For the first time, a Google driverless car had responsibility for a crash...