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News Release
5/11/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on Google to release the reports of accidents involving its driverless cars that have been filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles and to commit to making public all future driverless car accident reports.   “It is important that the public know what happened,”...
News Story
3/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is saying his company will have driverless cars in the U.S. by this summer. Google is working on its pod-shaped driverless cars and just about everyone else is talking about getting into the act. The assumption is that driverless cars will be safer than those with humans at the wheel. But is that really true? A California...
News Story
3/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
It will be years before driverless cars are released to the public, but one consumer activist group is already taking aim at Google, one company that is blazing the technological trail. The California Department of Motor Vehicles is leading the country, and the rest of the world, in writing regulations that will determine what kind of oversight it...
News Release
3/19/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today warned the California Department of Motor Vehicles that it must not allow Google and others with a vested interest in developing driverless vehicles to push the DMV into issuing rules regulating the public use of robot cars on highways that are inadequate to protect public safety. “Most importantly...
News Story
3/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
There are consumer advocates watching out for driverless self-driving cars and the safety of drivers, pedestrians, traffic cops and more. Consumer Watchdog sent a letter the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Today, Consumer Watchdog warned the California DMV that it shouldn’t let Google and others with a vested interest in developing...
News Story
7/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Driverless cars are on the road now - Google's fleet has logged about 700,000 miles of autonomous driving - and the California DMV will be issuing regulations in a matter of weeks allowing self-driving cars to be sold to the public, possibly setting the regulatory pattern for the rest of the country (video). Google has predicted 2017 for first...
News Story
6/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica organization calls on DMV to lengthen testing time frame for road tests of tech giant's fleet A Westside group is calling on California’s Department of Motor Vehicles to slow the rush to get self-driving vehicles on the road, less than a month before residents can begin applying for permits to be test drivers for the cars....
News Story
6/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — A Westside consumer advocacy group wants the DMV to hit the brakes on putting driverless cars on California roads. KNX 1070′s Megan Goldsby reports Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to officials alleging the Google prototypes need at...
News Story
6/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog has warned the California Department of Motor Vehicles not to give into pressure from Google and others with an interest in developing autonomous vehicles to rush to adopt regulations for the public use of the vehicles that are not ready to protect our safety. "We urge the DMV to follow a sensible and deliberate...
News Release
6/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned the California Department of Motor Vehicles not to succumb to pressure from Google and others with a vested interest in developing “driverless cars” to rush to adopt regulations for the public use of the vehicles that are inadequate to protect our safety. “We urge the DMV...