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News Story
8/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The top U.S. highway safety regulator, Mark Rosekind, last month said of self-driving cars: “We are literally seeing the future being created in front of us.” Uber Technologies Inc. and Ford Motor Co. this week proved Rosekind’s point. They announced plans to roll out autonomous vehicles and thus heightened a key question facing...
News Story
6/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Ford, Volvo, Google, Uber and Lyft are stepping up their lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill as lawmakers begin to craft regulations for self-driving cars, and they have hired a former National Highway Transportation Safety Administration chief to be their frontman. The carmakers and tech companies have joined forces to form a...
News Story
3/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
March 25, 2016 -- Would you feel safe in a completely driver-less car? Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based nationally recognized advocacy group prone to litigating issues involving taxpayers and shoppers, says no way. The nonprofit organization on Ocean Park Boulevard has been engaged in a months-long battle to put the brakes on the pace of...
News Story
3/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Automated vehicles will learn everything about you—and influence your behavior in ways you might not even realize. Allow me to join you, if I may, on your morning commute sometime in the indeterminate future. Here we are, stepping off the curb and into the backseat of a vehicle. As you close the car door behind you, the address of your...
News Story
3/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is determined to get its self-driving cars on the road and doesn't want any roadblocks being erected by the states, so today it will ask Congress to give federal regulators the authority to override state wishes, billing it as a safety measure. "We propose that Congress move swiftly to provide the secretary of transportation with...
News Story
3/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google on Tuesday told U.S. senators that the federal government must fast-track regulations to allow self-driving cars on U.S. roads so America can stay ahead of China, Europe and Japan. "They're hot on our heels," said Chris Urmson, director of Google's driverless car unit. A "growing patchwork" of state regulations...
News Release
3/9/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today demanded that Google release its own video of one of its self-driving robot cars crashing into a transit bus, after the bus company released its video of the incident. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group’s call came after the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority released...
News Story
3/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Although Google is not required to release videos of their crashes, the bus company released video showing how the Google Lexus caused the sidewipe of the bus on Valentine’s Day this year. Consumers would be better served if Google also released their video says Consumer Watchdog. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority concluded...
News Release
3/3/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of a Google self-driving car crashing into a bus, a coalition of consumer groups called on the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “to commit to maximum transparency and public involvement” as they develop policy and safety standards covering...
News Story
3/3/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
At the January 12, 2016 World Congress meeting in Detroit, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Administrator, Mark Rosekind, indicated that “history making” announcements would be forthcoming regarding future steps the administration and the auto industry plan to take to increase vehicle safety. Those...