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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...
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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...
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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...
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
10/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Self-driving cars could be lifesavers, preventing many, if not most, of the traffic accidents that claim more than 30,000 American lives each year. They could also make devastating weapons. Picture hackers employed by a hostile nation finding a way to command large numbers of cars on U.S. roads. Picture those hackers ordering the vehicles to...
News Story
10/3/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California lawmakers passed a law to allowing pilot tests of vehicles without drivers. The next day, they also released revised draft regulations to allow for broader testing of fully autonomous cars on public streets In the last two days of September, California transportation authorities made some noteworthy changes to their self-driving vehicle...
News Story
10/3/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California regulators, it turns out, take a dim view of Tesla Motors’ Autopilot — not the self-steering system itself, but the name. In draft regulations released late Friday, the state Department of Motor Vehicles said car companies should not use the terms “self-driving,” “automated” or “auto-pilot...
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...
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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...