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News Story
11/13/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog continues to look out for automotive safety including the safety of self-driving cars. The advocacy organization is also committed to keeping track of the Trump adminstration. After the presidental election results were announced, Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court sent an email to subscribers, supporters and the media. He...
News Story
11/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Consumer safety groups are worried that President-elect Donald Trump will do away with proposed guidelines for self-driving car testing that President Barack Obama’s administration has been working on for years. The new Republican president could be likely to reverse the Obama administration’s course on self-driving...
News Release
11/10/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to enact Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards covering autonomous vehicles, saying that a lack of enforceable performance standards covering the vehicles "threatens the safety of the nation's highways." In conjunction with...
News Story
10/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As automakers race toward a future of Web-connected and self-driving vehicles, federal regulators on Monday issued proposed guidelines for guarding cars from hackers. Coming just days after a massive Internet attack knocked several popular websites offline, the proposal reflects increasing concern among government regulators and auto industry...
News Story
10/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Tesla has used humans as ‘guinea pigs,' Consumer Watchdog claims A non-profit consumer advocacy group yesterday called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to keep robotic cars off the road until the federal government enacts "enforceable" safety standards. Consumer Watchdog made its announcement on the same day...
News Release
10/19/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to prohibit autonomous vehicles without a human driver capable of taking control until the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) enacts enforceable standards covering the safety performance of robot cars. NHTSA has proposed a...
News Story
10/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California regulators asked members of the public Wednesday what they thought about proposed regulations that would — eventually — allow self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals on public roads. For the most part, the message was the regulations still need a lot of work. In a workshop at the state...
News Story
10/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google unit and automakers objected on Wednesday to California proposals to set new, mandatory rules for testing self-driving cars in the state, which industry officials said could hobble their efforts in the home to much of self-driving vehicle testing and development. Automakers and Google raised a litany of concerns...
News Story
10/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California regulators are weighing draft rules for driverless cars that some industry experts worry go further than recently released federal guidelines. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) held a public hearing on Wednesday with members of the auto industry who are pursuing autonomous vehicles and safety advocates who fear the...
News Story
10/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s newest plans to regulate self-driving cars are drawing scrutiny from automakers and consumer advocates. The Department of Motor Vehicles has revised its proposed rules in light of new federal guidelines out last month.  Eighteen companies have permits to test self-driving cars on California’s roads, from Ford to...