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News Story
4/6/2017
Posted by Connor
April 5, 2017 — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has come under fire for its voluntary agreements made with companies concerning driverless cars invading U.S. roads. Consumer advocates have repeatedly complained NHTSA should be creating rules to mandate self-driving companies abide by strict regulations enforced by...
News Story
4/6/2017
Posted by Connor
Stealth auto startup Zoox has hired Mark Rosekind, the former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While Rosekind previously regulated vehicles, he will now be the chief safety innovation officer at Zoox, a stealth robotics startup that is developing fully-autonomous vehicles. This is exactly the kind of conflict of...
News Story
4/5/2017
Posted by Connor
A leading consumer group is raising red flags over a former highway safety chief’s move to join a self-driving vehicle firm he had a hand in regulating under the Obama administration. Consumer Watchdog on Tuesday decried the hiring of former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind by autonomous vehicle developer...
News Release
4/4/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The credibility of autonomous vehicle policy issued last year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was completely undermined when former NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind announced he has taken a job with robot car developer Zoox, said Consumer Watchdog today. Consumer Watchdog called on the Senate to refuse to...
News Story
3/30/2017
Posted by Connor
A driver turns left across multiple lanes at an intersection. Traffic obscures his or her view. An oncoming car approaches unseen. A collision occurs. That’s a scenario that’s all too common among the estimated 6.3 million traffic crashes that take place each year on U.S. roads, and it’s the same one that resulted in a collision...
News Story
3/30/2017
Posted by Connor
  Even if Uber's latest autonomous automobile accident is a timely reminder that we're still some way off truly self-driving cars, a new Harris Poll gauging the opinions of 3,000 U.S. drivers finds that most people are already dreaming about what to do with all the spare time they'll have when their cars are capable of driving...
News Story
3/30/2017
Posted by Connor
A newly released Tempe, Ariz., police report sheds light on last week’s crash involving Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving vehicle, revealing that the sport-utility vehicle was hit after entering an intersection on a yellow light. Police had already ruled that Uber’s vehicle, which the company has said was in...
News Release
3/27/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A crash involving an Uber robot car in Arizona shows the need for Uber to take the Safe Autonomous Vehicles (SAVe) Campaign pledge and agree to accept responsibility when one of its self-driving cars causes a crash, Consume Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also called on Uber to release...
News Story
3/17/2017
Posted by Connor
California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has proposed numerous revisions to state regulations about the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles across the state. One of the key proposed changes would allow ride-hailing services to transport passengers without human drivers on board, a revision which would have allowed Uber to test its...
News Story
3/16/2017
Posted by Connor
Paying attention to the road may be optional starting as early as next year. That is, if a California Department of Motor Vehicles proposal goes through. As reported by the Associated Press, the DMV issued proposed rules last week to road-test self-driving cars. This applies to truly driverless vehicles, without a wheel or any other way for the...