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News Story
7/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
For example, where are the federal regulations covering these vehicles? Even though there has been little documented consumer sentiment asking for them, automakers are moving quickly to develop autonomous cars. Testing has already begun on public roads in California, New York, and Michigan. Now, Consumer Watchdog, a consumer advocacy group,...
News Release
7/11/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to promptly adopt enforceable federal safety standards covering self-driving autonomous vehicles and warned that if the federal efforts stall, states must act immediately to fill the void and protect consumer safety. “No federal or state...
News Story
6/27/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
As a House subcommittee considered more than a dozen bills proposing various federal standards for self-driving vehicles, the group Consumer Watchdog expressed concern that a federal proposal to pre-empt state safety regulations “would leave a regulatory void without meaningful safety protections.” The group is referring to a draft of...
News Release
6/26/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on Congress to ensure the adoption of federal safety standards to cover self-driving autonomous vehicles and warned that proposed House legislation that would pre-empt state safety regulations “would leave a regulatory void without meaningful safety protections.” In a formal statement...
News Release
4/25/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Regulations proposed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles covering the deployment of robot cars are “premature and irresponsible” Consumer Watchdog told the DMV, saying that they wrongly rely on non-existent federal safety standards. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group said that the proposed expanded...
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 Release
1/19/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – In a last minute action by the outgoing administration, the National Highway Traffic Administration today ended its probe of the fatal crash of a Tesla in Florida last May by wrongly blaming the driver instead of the car’s “Autopilot” technology, Consumer Watchdog said. “NHTSA has wrongly accepted...
News Story
1/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — The U.S. government will not order any recalls or fines as it concludes its investigation of a fatal crash involving a 2015 Tesla Model S that was operating with its automated driving system activated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it did not find any safety defects in Tesla’s semi-...
News Story
1/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Federal regulators said Thursday they have closed an investigation of a fatal Tesla Autopilot crash, finding no defects and declining to issue a recall notice. The six-month investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  into the nation’s first self-driving vehicle fatality found no problems with the design or...
News Story
1/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The push to bring self-driving cars to American roads got a significant boost on Thursday when the nation’s chief auto safety regulator essentially cleared Tesla Motors Inc.’s Autopilot system of fault in a fatal 2016 crash. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the owner of a Tesla Motors Inc....