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2/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is taking responsibility for the first time for a crash by one of it's self-driving cars. John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog says these cars are not safe yet and should have a real driver with the ability to take over control of the car in emergencies.
News Story
2/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As driverless car technology grows, so does the controversy surrounding autonomous motoring. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) came out to say they are considering self-driving cars to qualify as drivers under federal law. The statement came shortly after Google, the star of the driverless car, complained about...
News Story
2/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A letter to Google, the US federal transport regulator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), appears to pave the way for self-driving cars, but adds the proviso that the rule-making could take some time. Google had requested clarification of a number of provisions in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs) as they...
News Release
2/10/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is wrong to say the artificial intelligence guiding an autonomous robot car counts as the driver, Consumer Watchdog said today, adding that Google’s own test data demonstrates the need for a human driver who can take control when necessary. “Google says its...
News Story
2/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, California -- February 10, 2016 -- Does the software suite piloting an autonomous vehicle count as a driver? The US-based National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seems to think so, judging by recent comments made by Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. “We are taking great care to embrace innovations that can boost...
News Story
2/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A car's driver doesn't necessarily have to be human: The artificial intelligence behind Google Inc.'s self-driving system could count, according to federal highway safety officials. In a letter posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, the agency responded to Google's request for interpretation of...
News Story
2/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In a limited sort of way, a federal agency has sent a ray of sunshine down to the automotive industry suggesting that cars that will drive without humans are OK after all. It came in the form of a letter that te chief counsel of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent to the head of Google’s self-driving car project on Feb. 4...
News Story
2/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Mountain View, CA -- I’m sitting in the back seat of a car with no driver, watching the steering wheel spin one way, then the other, as the car winds through suburban neighborhood streets. Yet I have no fear. Well, almost none. It’s a self-driving car built by Google, and I’m getting a glimpse of the future. That future...
News Story
2/5/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
If there's one priority for self-driving cars upon which everyone can agree, it's safety. Google and other manufacturers are quick to tout the autonomous vehicles as a way to prevent around 33,000 U.S. deaths and many more injuries from auto-related crashes each year. But for all the triumphs of autonomous cars, regulators and consumer...
News Story
2/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. California is the car capital of the world. It’s also becoming the self-driving car capital of the world. Companies from Google to Tesla have used the Golden State as their base to produce and test their autonomous vehicles.The technology is still being fine-tuned, but...