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News Story
4/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As federal officials prepare to hold a public hearing Friday on self-driving cars, a consumer-advocacy group is demanding that Google explain how safe – and unsafe – its self-driving cars are. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s public meeting in Washington, D.C. is intended to help the agency develop...
News Story
3/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Automated vehicles will learn everything about you—and influence your behavior in ways you might not even realize. Allow me to join you, if I may, on your morning commute sometime in the indeterminate future. Here we are, stepping off the curb and into the backseat of a vehicle. As you close the car door behind you, the address of your...
News Story
3/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON: Google, Lyft and auto industry executives have urged lawmakers to help create a regulatory fast lane to help the deployment of self-driving cars. In testimony at a Senate hearing, representatives of General Motors and auto-equipment maker Delphi touted numerous safety and environmental benefits of autonomous vehicles. Chris Urmson,...
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...