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News Story
9/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Mountain View, CA -- Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Gov. Jerry Brown car-pooled to work on Tuesday in a white Toyota Prius, and no one was driving. One day, in the not-so-distant future, you can join them. Brown hitched a futuristic ride to Google's Mountain View headquarters to sign landmark legislation that will for the first time allow...
News Story
9/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
California has become the third state to affirm the legality of driverless vehicles, setting the stage for computers to take the wheel along the state's roads and highways - at least eventually. Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed SB1298, which makes so-called autonomous vehicles legal in California while requiring the Department of Motor...
News Story
9/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Gov. Jerry Brown, describing Google Inc.'s robot cars as "science fiction becoming tomorrow's reality," signed legislation this afternoon allowing driverless cars to be tested on public roads. "Today we're looking at science fiction becoming tomorrow's reality: the self driving car," the Democratic governor said...
News Story
9/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The dream of having your car drive you home is on the verge of getting a major boost. As early as January of next year, California may join Nevada in legalizing the use of autonomous cars, potentially allowing “drivers” to read the paper or catch up on e-mails on the way to the office. But a consumer advocacy organization warns that...
News Story
9/11/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Autonomous cars are a hot topic of conversation nowadays. Fans of the status quo see them as a waste of time. Driving enthusiasts see them as the harbinger of a boring, 55 mph future. And politicians see them as high-tech boogeymen to scare seniors into voting booths. (NB: that tactic didn't work.) Now, another group voiced its criticism...
News Release
9/10/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – California Gov. Jerry Brown should veto a bill that allows Google’s driverless cars on the highway because it does not provide adequate privacy protections for users of the new technology, Consumer Watchdog said today.   In a letter to Gov. Brown Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson wrote...
News Release
8/13/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google’s driverless cars should not be allowed on U.S. highways unless adequate privacy protections for users of the new technology are implemented and an amended bill in the California Legislature fails to deliver the necessary safeguards, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter to Felipe Fuentes, Chair of the...
News Story
7/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
What do autonomous cars driven by robots like those Google is developing have to do with your privacy? If the answer is nothing, then why won't Google and the author of a bill to allow them on California highways accept an amendment requiring that the new technology collect only data necessary for the operation of the vehicle and no other...
News Release
6/25/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SACRAMENTO, CA – Google’s driverless cars should not be allowed on our highways unless strong privacy protections for users of the new technology are implemented, Consumer Watchdog told the California Assembly’s Transportation Committee today. The Committee holds a hearing today on SB 1298, the bill that would allow so-called...
News Story
6/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog says Google is going to go willy-nilly with data collection for autonomous vehicles, and the California bill shouldn't get the green light without more restrictions. Internet companies do whatever they want and it needs to stop, a consumer group said in an argument calling for more privacy protection in robotic cars...