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News Story
8/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — A spate of crashes involving Tesla cars equipped with Autopilot driver-assist software has emboldened consumer groups to push federal regulators to pump the brakes on rules governing self-driving vehicles. The safety advocates say the fatal accident involving a 2015 Tesla Model S with Autopilot engaged that occurred in May has...
News Story
7/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The US Center for Auto Safety, Consumer Watchdog and former National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) administrator Joan Claybrook have told NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind that "you inexcusably are rushing full speed ahead" to promote the deployment of self-driving robot car technology instead of developing adequate safety...
News Release
7/28/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Auto safety advocates today told National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind that “you inexcusably are rushing full speed ahead” to promote the deployment of self-driving robot car technology instead of developing adequate safety standards “crucial to ensuring imperfect...
News Story
7/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Joan Claybrook joined Consumer Watchdog and the Center For Auto Safety in reprimanding NHTSA for its response to the fatal crash of Tesla Model S operating in Autopilot mode. In a Thursday letter, the advocates said they are “dumbfounded” that NHTSA...
News Story
7/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The National Highway Traffic Administration should stop pushing the adoption of “robot car technology” until more testing is done and enforceable safety standards are promulgated, according to a July 28 letter sent by three advocacy groups to NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. The groups said the letter was sent in response to Rosekind...
News Story
7/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Obama administration want self-driving cars on the roads as soon as possible, but not everyone is in such a rush. Auto safety organizations say the government is rushing autonomous technology into cars without safety rules necessary for the technology. In a letter sent to President...
Blog Post
7/22/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Obama administration officials’ love affair with self-driving cars is so blinding that even a fatal crash – caused when a Tesla in autopilot mode failed to "see" a white truck against a bright sky – has failed to slow their rush to deploy robot cars on public highways. In fact, speaking at the Automated Vehicle...
News Story
7/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
What’s in a name? For Tesla’s driver-assist system “autopilot,” plenty of controversy. Some of the most enthusiastic proponents of autonomous vehicles and features are worried that autopilot — not the technology itself, but the very name, which some find misleading — might slow down the evolution of the...
News Story
7/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington – Federal regulators have not lost their enthusiasm for self-driving cars after a series of crashes involving Tesla vehicles that were operating with their automated driving system activated, the nation's top highway safety official said Wednesday. National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind said in a speech at...
News Story
7/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday that he wants government regulators and the auto industry to work more closely together to test self-driving technology before people entrust their vehicle's steering and brakes to a robot. Foxx told about 1,200 people at a self-driving convention in San Francisco that...