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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 Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. government has a message for the scores of companies racing to develop self-driving cars: We want to make your life easier. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on Tuesday unveiled revised federal guidelines for testing and deploying autonomous cars that aim to be nimble and supportive of innovation, while aligning with...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The Trump administration has established its support for self-driving car deployment, following the U.S. Department of Transportation’s release Tuesday of new federal guidelines for automobile manufacturers and technology companies vying to create fully automated systems. The new guidelines are seen as a win for the automated vehicles...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Ann Arbor — President Donald Trump’s administration is doing away with an Obama-era policy that could have required automakers to submit safety assessments showing their self-driving cars meet 15 guidelines before placing them on public roads. Instead, the Trump administration’s proposal says automakers “may” submit a...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Transportation Department unveiled a new policy that permits companies developing autonomous vehicles to self-police the technology’s safety, a move that drew plaudits from automakers but criticism from safety advocates. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the policy incorporates concerns raised by companies and others about...
News Story
9/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The freedom of the open road holds a magnetic appeal for Americans, quickening like the flood when Henry Ford unleashed his Model T, but exhilaration can’t be traded for the convenience of the “safety” of a car that drives itself. Such a car is a measure of progress only if it works. Seeing is believing, and it’s likely to...
News Release
9/6/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- A bill covering autonomous vehicles that the House of Representatives rushed to pass today threatens highway safety and leaves a regulatory void rather than enacting necessary protections, Consumer Watchdog warned today. The bill, passed on a voice vote, under rules to expedite consideration, was being touted in some quarters...
News Story
8/31/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote Sept. 6 on a bill that would outline the first national regulatory framework for self-driving vehicles being developed by companies such as Ford Motor Co. and Tesla Inc. Autonomous vehicle companies and trade groups have applauded the measure (H.R. 3388) as the first significant legislation that...
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
7/28/2017
Posted by Connor
WASHINGTON — A U.S. House committee approved legislation today to give the federal government final say over the performance of self-driving vehicles, a measure that would preempt states from trying to set their own standards. The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved the bill, which also would require the U.S. Department...