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News Story
1/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Over the course of the 1.3 million miles that Google's self-driving vehicles have cruised around public roads since September 2014, the cars failed 272 times, according to a new report for the Department of Motor Vehicles that Google just published.  Each time, the cars "disengaged" from their autonomous mode,...
News Story
1/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s self-driving cars roaming through the roads of Mountain View and Texas for test runs have been involved in some fender benders, but distracted drivers were the ones who rear ended the cars. Still, there’s also been about a dozen times when the self-driving cars have come close to hitting an object, prompting a driver to take...
News Story
1/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As Obama Touts Transportation Tech, Documents Douse Autonomous Enthusiasm On the same night President Obama pressed the need to build a "21st century transportation system" in his final State of the Union speech, a new report released by one of the companies leading that charge showed serious potholes remain ahead. Self-driving cars are...
News Story
1/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Mandatory reports released Jan. 12 by the California Department of Motor Vehicles from seven companies testing self-driving cars on public roads in the state come amid a debate about whether cars should be able to drive themselves without a human present. Seven companies testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in California have reported to...
News Story
1/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
From BMW's iVision autonomous concept to reports of a potential Ford-Google collaboration to a dozen other heralded developments in Las Vegas this week, self-driving cars have become a major attraction at CES. Collectively, companies have touted autonomous cars as a means to delivering a safer, more fuel-efficient, more comfortable...
News Release
1/6/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumers and regulators should not be fooled by the autonomous vehicle hype coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Consumer Watchdog warned today. “Robot car advocates are putting a glitzy spin on their ‘autonomous’ technologies,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s...
News Story
1/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Out in Las Vegas this week, plenty of automakers are using the Consumer Electronics Show to tout techy innovations and plug autonomous driving developments. But advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is trying to crash the party. The organization is seeking to brand the cars as "robots," saying in a statement today that "consumers and...
News Story
12/26/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
"Our Palo Alto team has grown significantly this year, using research and innovation to explore and develop future mobility solutions", said Ford CEO Mark Fields. Ford will test autonomously in the second half of 2016. Coming almost a year after its January 1st, 2014 deadline, the California Department of Motor Vehicle today released...
News Story
12/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Ready or not, the robots are coming. There will be cars driving themselves, with no steering wheel for us to grab. Delivery drones will maneuver around patio furniture and vegetable gardens to drop packages in backyards. Delivery carts on sidewalks will hum along, bringing pizza boxes to our front doors. These systems will operate without any...
News Release
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA, CA – Draft regulations covering self-driving robot cars issued today by the California Department of Motor Vehicles incorporate a key safety provision advocated by Consumer Watchdog and require the robot cars to have a steering wheel and pedals and be occupied by a licensed driver capable of taking control of the vehicle. The...