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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...
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
10/13/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
While consumers and industry experts worry about cybersecurity in autonomous vehicles, government regulators are still struggling to respond to digital risks in driverless cars. Uber has started to test self-driving cars on public roads in Pittsburgh, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new guidelines for the...
News Story
10/13/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Written by John M. Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project. This is one in a series of periodic guest columns by industry thought leaders.  John M. Simpson (Photo: Consumer Watchdog) The new federal policy on self-driving cars and trucks recently released by the Obama administration is headed in the correct...