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News Story
9/14/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
ATLANTA — The city of Atlanta tested a self-driving vehicle on one of its busiest streets Thursday. The test on North Avenue in the city's bustling Midtown area meant that Atlanta has become one of the largest urban areas to test autonomous vehicles, joining Sao Paulo and Shanghai. Here's a look at some of the key aspects of the test...
News Story
9/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Coincides with effort in Congress to legislate safety, deployment framework Automated vehicles and V2V communications systems are on the move. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Department of Transportation have issued new safety guidelines for Automated Driving Systems (ADS) that pave the way for testing and...
News Story
9/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
On Tuesday, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao revealed the updated version of the guidelines for the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The DOT secretary defended the guidelines, which opt for voluntary guidance rather than enforceable rules. Chao said that a third version is in progress and slated to be introduced in 2018....
News Release
9/12/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The National Transportation Safety Board’s finding that Tesla’s Autopilot shares the blame for a fatal crash with a truck in Florida last year underscores the need for Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards covering automated driver assistance technologies, Consumer Watchdog said today. The NTSB’s...
News Release
8/21/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today backed a proposed city ordinance that would ban self-driving robot cars from the streets of Chicago unless the federal government enacts enforceable safety standards for autonomous vehicles. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group added that testing autonomous vehicles would be appropriate...
News Story
7/10/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A virtual grin arose on the face of Harvey Rosenfield with the mention of Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics. The mention was made during a phone call, but the overwhelming satisfaction of a smile was easily detectible in his voice during a conversation that had an otherwise ominous tone. It was as if he had been waiting for someone to...
News Story
6/27/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
As a House subcommittee considered more than a dozen bills proposing various federal standards for self-driving vehicles, the group Consumer Watchdog expressed concern that a federal proposal to pre-empt state safety regulations “would leave a regulatory void without meaningful safety protections.” The group is referring to a draft of...
News Release
1/30/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to ask Police Chief Bill Scott to have police closely monitor Uber’s activities as it brings its robot cars back on the city’s streets, claiming they will now only gather data and not be in self-driving mode. “Based on Uber’s past...
News Release
1/19/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – In a last minute action by the outgoing administration, the National Highway Traffic Administration today ended its probe of the fatal crash of a Tesla in Florida last May by wrongly blaming the driver instead of the car’s “Autopilot” technology, Consumer Watchdog said. “NHTSA has wrongly accepted...
News Story
1/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — The U.S. government will not order any recalls or fines as it concludes its investigation of a fatal crash involving a 2015 Tesla Model S that was operating with its automated driving system activated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it did not find any safety defects in Tesla’s semi-...