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News Story
7/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The number of consumer-advocacy organizations calling for Tesla to do something about its much-criticized Autopilot system is growing. Consumer Reports called for Tesla to "disable hands-free operation until its system can be made safer" Thursday morning. What's more, it urged the upstart automaker to change the system's name to...
News Story
7/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Consumer Reports is calling for Tesla to turn off its autopilot system after a series of crashes involving the company’s vehicles that were operating with their automated driving feature activated, including one crash that was fatal. The consumer advocacy organization said Tesla should disable the automatic steering...
News Release
7/13/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A coalition of auto safety advocates today called on President Obama to stop his “administration’s undue haste to get autonomous vehicle technology to the road” until enforceable safety standards are in place.  They said the administration’s autonomous vehicle “guidance” expected...
News Story
7/13/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Four consumer advocacy groups called on the Obama administration to halt its plan to assimilate driverless cars onto America’s roads until “adequate Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards covering autonomous technologies are implemented through a public rulemaking process.” The coalition said the need for such rules is...
News Story
7/13/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake news involving a traffic fatality when a Tesla in Autopilot mode collided with a semi trailer earlier this year, a coalition of auto safety advocates Wednesday called on President Barack Obama to stop what they called his “administration’s undue haste to get autonomous vehicle technology to the road” until...
News Story
7/13/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Consumer and safety advocates are urging the federal government to pump the brakes on self-driving cars after a series of crashes involving Tesla vehicles that were operating with their automated driving system activated, including one crash that was fatal. The Center For Auto Safety, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety,...
News Story
7/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The manager of the state’s electric grid released studies Tuesday that show its proposed expansion would yield annual consumer savings of as much as $1.5 billion by 2030 and help with the state’s goal of 50% renewable energy by then. The California Independent System Operator, which produced the nearly 700 pages of reports under a...
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...