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News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES -- California unveiled precedent-setting draft rules Wednesday that would slow the public's access to self-driving cars of the future until regulators are confident the technology is safe. That cautious approach requires that the cars have a steering wheel, and a licensed driver must be ready to take over if the machine fails....
News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Manufacturers could start leasing autonomous cars to the public California has published the world's first regulations dealing with the routine use of autonomous cars on city streets -- a big step toward the day when computers, not humans, are in charge of cars. But the draft rules published on Wednesday don't go as far as some companies...
News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
California on Wednesday unveiled proposed regulations for autonomous cars, a long-awaited step for car companies seeking guidance before eventually selling them to consumers. The proposed rules hold motorists responsible for obeying traffic laws, regardless of whether they are controlling a car's movements. Deciding how much to hold computers...
News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google 'gravely disappointed,' says rules would hold back progress SAN FRANCISCO -- California regulators, calling for caution on self-driving cars, today proposed rules that would sharply restrict their use on the state’s roads -- and place an outright ban on “driverless” cars that travel with no humans onboard. Under...
News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Harsher new rules of the road are proposed as Ford and Kia announce more self-driving vehicle plans Ford and Kia are the latest automakers announcing moves to further their development of autonomous or self-driving vehicles as California announces draft rules that mandate drivers be alert and ready to take the wheel of self-driving cars on...
News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Whoa, Nelly, the California Department of Motor Vehicles told self-driving car developers Wednesday. It’s not yet time to dispense with licensed drivers and unleash driverless cars on public roads, the agency said. The DMV took a cautious approach in its precedent-setting draft regulations that could govern the release of self-driving cars...
News Story
11/25/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google pushing for ability to accelerate development The idea of being able to turn over all of the driving responsibilities to an autonomous fleet of vehicles gets major endorsements from federal safety officials, at least half of drivers, automakers and last, but certainly not least, Google. In fact, recently Google officials complained they...
News Story
11/24/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
"Breathtaking progress has been made." LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal transportation officials are rethinking their position on self-driving cars with an eye toward getting the emerging technology into the public's hands, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Just two years ago, the agency struck a...
News Release
11/24/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) to put the safety of drivers and other vehicles first as it revises its two-year-old policy on self-driving vehicles. NHTSA last issued guidance on robot cars in 2013, which advised states to limit the vehicles for testing, but...
News Story
8/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A watchdog group is asking California police and the Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate any crashes involving experimental autonomous cars. Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to Jean Shiomoto, director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, on Aug. 20. After praising the DMV’s decision to make official autonomous vehicle accident...