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News Story
6/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
On Wednesday morning, during Google’s annual meeting, a shareholder named John M. Simpson stood up to question the company’s top executives about its self-driving car program. They were not friendly questions. Simpson, 67, works for a nonprofit called Consumer Watchdog, where he directs its Privacy Project. In recent years, he has...
News Story
6/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google will release monthly reports on the performance of its self-driving cars, and it disclosed summaries of the 12 accidents that involved the vehicles. Google described all of the accidents as minor, saying no injuries were reported. The company said Friday, as it has in the past, that the self-driving technology was not to blame for any of...
Blog Post
6/4/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
I have just returned from my annual pilgrimage to Mountain View, CA, to ask questions at the annual Google Shareholders’ meeting. This year I focused on privacy and safety issues involving the Internet giant’s robot cars. Three quick takeaways — besides the fact that Google’s executives know who we are:  Sergey Brin...
Video
6/4/2015
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer Watchdog's John M. Simpson, a Google shareholder, raised the questions about the privacy and safety issues involving Google's driverless cars during the question-and-answer portion of Google's annual shareholders' meeting.
News Release
6/3/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Google founder Sergey Brin said he would be “open to” releasing accident reports about crashes involving its robot cars in response to a Consumer Watchdog challenge for transparency about the crashes today. However, Google executives rejected Consumer Watchdog’s call to protect privacy of driverless car users...
News Story
6/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The co-founder, seated in the audience rather than on stage with other executives, had a testy exchange with one shareholder activist. At Google’s annual meeting Wednesday, attendees had the chance to question both Eric Schmidt, the company’s executive chairman, and Larry Page, its CEO. But one shareholder wanted answers from an...
News Story
6/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google shareholders on Wednesday endorsed the course set by the Internet titan, rejecting proposals to dilute its power structure and scrutinize investments in renewable energy. Voting at the California-based company's annual shareholders meeting ended with the recommended slate of board members elected and passage of a company proposal to...
News Story
6/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google founder Sergey Brin said he would be "open" to releasing accident reports about crashes involving its robot cars in response to a Consumer Watchdog challenge for transparency about the crashes today. However, Google executives rejected Consumer Watchdog's call to protect privacy of driverless car users by limiting the use of...
News Story
6/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google co-founder cites privacy issues for shielding accident reports of self-driving cars SAN FRANCISCO -- Google co-founder Sergey Brin sees little reason to release the accident reports involving the Internet company's self-driving cars because he believes there's nothing new in documents that have been withheld so far to protect the...
News Story
6/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
At Google Inc.’s annual stockholder conference Wednesday, one shareholder urged the company to release its accident reports from the 11 that were recently reported, while Sergey Brin shared that there was another minor accident in a self-driving car in the past week. John Simpson, a shareholder from the taxpayer and consumer interest...