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News Story
10/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s proposed rules for self-driving vehicles got another road test Wednesday, as vehicle makers and industry groups expressed concern at a public workshop that the Department of Motor Vehicles’ regulations could slow development of the technology and conflict with more flexible federal guidelines. Recent revisions to the...
Video
10/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
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.
News Story
10/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Auto companies are preparing for a future in which cars drive themselves — and federal regulators have to make sure they’re safe before they ever hit the road. Proposed guidance released by the U.S. Department of Transportation last month calls for automakers to meet 15 guidelines before they can put self-driving...
News Story
9/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As automakers and technology companies race to deliver self-driving and driverless cars to market, motorist associations and privacy advocates fear they’re leaving something behind: protecting consumer privacy. “It is a data mine of where we go and what’s happening as cars pass us by,” said Consumer Watchdog President Jamie...
Video
9/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As automakers and technology companies race to deliver self-driving and driverless cars to market, motorist associations and privacy advocates fear they’re leaving something behind: protecting consumer privacy. “It is a data mine of where we go and what’s happening as cars pass us by,” said Consumer Watchdog President Jamie...
News Story
9/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Safety advocates are relieved that NHTSA has released a new policy for autonomous vehicles, but they're not thrilled with the lack of details. This week federal regulators released a highly-anticipated policy for autonomous vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a 116-page document that outlines how...
News Story
9/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
QUESTIONS FOR OTHERS TO ANSWER: The driverless car guidance DOT released Tuesday leaves a lot of room for Congress, states and automakers to shape the direction of a technology that ultimately is meant to make human drivers obsolete. The 112-page document keeps existing authorities in place and tries to avoid holding back innovation, our Tanya...
News Story
9/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Listen to story -  Download: mp3 (Duration: 18:10 — 16.6MB) FEATURING JAMIE COURT – The Department of Transportation this week released a long-awaited set of federal policy guidelines on driverless or self-driving cars. The guidelines came just months after a high-profile fatal accident of a Tesla car whose driver was using its...
News Story
9/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
To the delight of auto manufacturers and tech companies and the dismay of certain consumer and safety groups, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced its much anticipated policy regarding automated vehicles. Policies are targeted at highly automated vehicles, which are vehicles that “can take full control of the driving task in...
News Release
9/20/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Obama Administration appears to have heeded many concerns raised by safety advocates in its new self-driving automated vehicle policy released today, Consumer Watchdog said. Consumer Watchdog added that it is studying the model state policy and that there are concerns about possible pre-emption of strong state...