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News Story
6/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, one of the leading manufacturers of driverless cars, has reported that their vehicles have been involved in 11 minor accidents since they started testing the technology six years ago. Just a few months ago, Money Market UK reported that self-driving cars would be available to consumers by 2030. This estimation has not as yet been altered...
News Story
6/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Driverless cars can cause nausea in some, and boredom in other cases, but the main anxiety is whether, without a driver, they can really be safe. Based on some reports, they are not always. Now Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) has released accident data about its “robot car,” and some of the results are not encouraging.  ...
News Release
6/5/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – After repeated calls for disclosure from Consumer Watchdog, Google today said it would issue regular reports offering some details of crashes involving its driverless cars.  The public interest group said more details are still needed. Google released its first of what it said would be monthly reports on a website...
News Story
6/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — Google will begin reporting incidents encountered by its driverless-car program on a dedicated website, the search company announced Friday. Google had been taken to task recently when reports surfaced that its fleet of self-driving cars had been involved in various accidents during years of testing on the streets of the...
News Story
6/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Reuters) - Google Inc said it would give monthly updates of accidents involving its driverless cars. The report for May showed Google cars had been involved in 12 accidents since the company first began testing its self-driving cars in 2009, mostly involving rear-ending. (bit.ly/1eTPndY) Google said one of its vehicles was rear-ended at a...
News Story
6/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
On Wednesday morning, during Google’s annual meeting, a shareholder named John M. Simpson stood up to question the company’s top executives about its self-driving car program. They were not friendly questions. Simpson, 67, works for a nonprofit called Consumer Watchdog, where he directs its Privacy Project. In recent years, he has...
News Story
6/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google will release monthly reports on the performance of its self-driving cars, and it disclosed summaries of the 12 accidents that involved the vehicles. Google described all of the accidents as minor, saying no injuries were reported. The company said Friday, as it has in the past, that the self-driving technology was not to blame for any of...
Blog Post
6/4/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
I have just returned from my annual pilgrimage to Mountain View, CA, to ask questions at the annual Google Shareholders’ meeting. This year I focused on privacy and safety issues involving the Internet giant’s robot cars. Three quick takeaways — besides the fact that Google’s executives know who we are:  Sergey Brin...
News Release
5/11/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on Google to release the reports of accidents involving its driverless cars that have been filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles and to commit to making public all future driverless car accident reports.   “It is important that the public know what happened,”...
Video
5/11/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Send a message to state regulators: robot cars need to be safe and protect our privacy too! http://bit.ly/1bLfFwL