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News Release
7/1/2016
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – The news that a Tesla driving in autopilot mode was involved in a fatal collision is evidence that federal regulators need to go slow as they write new guidelines for self-driving cars, said Consumer Watchdog.   The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was expected to issue new guidelines for self-driving...
News Story
7/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Florida victim had posted YouTube videos demonstrating and praising Model S 'autopilot' feature After a Tesla driver was killed last month while operating a Model S in "autopilot" mode, a watchdog group is now calling for tighter regulation on self-driving systems in automobiles. Joshua Brown, who had posted YouTube videos...
News Story
7/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Tesla fatality unlikely to stop advance of driverless cars   Self-driving cars have now seen their first fatality, with the death of a Tesla Model S driver on a rural highway in Florida. But will it matter? Automakers are racing each other to deploy self-driving features, urged on by a federal government that sees autonomous cars as a big...
Video
7/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog calls for Tesla and other self-driving car producers to slow their push until safety issues are addressed.
News Story
6/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Drivers will continue to enjoy a growing assortment of connected features in their vehicles—as long as they’re willing to share some personal information. That might be the automotive future that Google envisions. In a recently published patent application, the company describes a system and method for delivering a wide range of...
News Story
6/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As the big Mercedes-Benz sedan roars down U.S. 101 south of San Francisco, it closes on an old pickup truck cruising along in its lane. The driver flicks the turn signal for a pass but then, unexpectedly, takes his hands off the wheel. The new sedan pauses for two seconds and then completes the maneuver on its own. While it could be another five...
News Story
6/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As the driverless car gets closer to reality, so too does the dilemma of how to insure the car and its owner. The auto insurance industry faces upheaval in the next 25 years as the migration to autonomous safety features -- and ultimately a self-driving car -- shifts more of a car's accident risk from the driver to the vehicle, analysts said...
News Story
6/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Ford, Volvo, Google, Uber and Lyft are stepping up their lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill as lawmakers begin to craft regulations for self-driving cars, and they have hired a former National Highway Transportation Safety Administration chief to be their frontman. The carmakers and tech companies have joined forces to form a...
News Story
5/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog put forth a request to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind on May 18. The group’s request: slam shut revolving door between robot-car companies and NHTSA officials. Consumer Watchdog wants a written commitment that neither transportation bigwig will take a job...
News Release
5/24/2016
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- A backroom deal by the federal agency responsible for auto safety to allow automakers to avoid following federal safety rules is unlawful and will lead to more deaths and injuries, three top consumer advocates said today.  They urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to grant the formal petition...