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News Story
7/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A House subcommittee approved critical legislation for the fast-developing driverless car movement this week that sets specific rules for how many such vehicles can be on U.S. roads and the federal government’s role in regulating them. While it would give companies developing the technology the national framework they want, it also raises...
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 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 Story
6/21/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Seven years after Google started developing robocars, 13 months after a Florida man died in a Tesla Model S that was driving itself, and almost a year after self-driving Ubers started picking up passengers in Pennsylvania, Congress might actually start regulating autonomous vehicles. Nearly everyone working on this emerging technology, from...
News Story
4/26/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Cars with no one in them may be cruising downtown streets as early as the end of this year if city and state motor vehicle officials have their way. The state Department of Motor Vehicles plans to issue rules this year that will allow automakers and tech companies to test autonomous vehicles for the first time on public streets with no one behind...
News Story
4/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Monday closed the public comment period on its proposed testing and deployment rules for driverless cars. On Tuesday it opened the doors to a public hearing on those rules. Dozens of manufacturers, software developers, insurers and interested residents showed up. Here are four takeaways based on...
News Story
4/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Automakers on Tuesday urged the state of California to further ease its proposed regulations for autonomous vehicles, saying the state did not respond to their earlier objections by making enough revisions to its planned set of rules for self-driving cars. At a public hearing in Sacramento monitored via webcast, automakers urged California to drop...
Video
1/31/2017
Posted by Connor
As Uber returns to San Francisco after leaving due to violations of DMV regulations, Consumer Watchdog presses Mayor Ed Lee to closely monitor the renegade company.  In addition to flouting California law, Consumer Watchdog fears the infringement of privacy represented by Uber's recent move.
News Story
1/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
They accuse Obama of loading panel with industry executives Politics, they say, makes for strange bedfellows. It's something we should probably get used to over the next four years. Consumer Watchdog, a consumer advocacy group, wants President-elect Donald Trump to reverse an Obama administration appointment, firing General Motors CEO Mary...