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News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Whoa, Nelly, the California Department of Motor Vehicles told self-driving car developers Wednesday. It’s not yet time to dispense with licensed drivers and unleash driverless cars on public roads, the agency said. The DMV took a cautious approach in its precedent-setting draft regulations that could govern the release of self-driving cars...
Video
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog agrees with new rules released by the California DMV today calling for safety measures on all "driverless cars" in the state.
News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
On the same day as the state of California released its draft regulations for self-driving cars, reports have surfaced that Google Alphabet plans to launch a business to provide passenger rides in autonomous vehicles next year. While California law doesn't currently allow general use of self-driving cars on public roads, Google might be able...
News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
On the heels of news about Google possibly taking on Uber with a fleet of self-driving cars, and Ford joining self-driving testers on California roads, and the iPhone hacker working on a self-driving car on his own instead of with Tesla, the DMV’s new draft rules say self-driving cars must — of all things — have a...
News Release
12/3/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Self-driving robot cars are not ready for public use and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) must not rush to implement regulations covering the vehicles as it updates its policy on automated vehicle technologies, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary...
News Story
12/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Tech companies and carmakers from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to Volvo are working on self-driving cars. But robot autos don't belong under the rules of the road yet, warns Consumer Watchdog. In a letter Thursday to the heads of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the public-interest group lobbies the regulators to go slow at writing...
News Story
11/24/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
"Breathtaking progress has been made." LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal transportation officials are rethinking their position on self-driving cars with an eye toward getting the emerging technology into the public's hands, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Just two years ago, the agency struck a...
News Release
11/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to rebuff pressure from Google and continue at a deliberate pace to ensure regulations covering robot cars protect public safety. “Google may have its foot on the accelerator pedal in its mad drive to develop robot cars, but the DMV has...
Video
11/17/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Jamie Court with Consumer Watchdog asks whether self-driving cars are safe enough to put into public use.  
Blog Post
11/13/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
One thing is for certain when it comes to the Internet giant, whether you now refer to it as Alphabet or still call it Google.  The folks from Mountain View are adept at spouting self-serving spin. Here's the latest example. A traffic cop stopped one of the company’s prototype pod cars for impeding traffic.  According to the...