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News Release
4/27/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
STANFORD, CA  – Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require a steering wheel, brake and accelerator so a human driver can take control of a self-driving robot car when safety demands it in the guidelines it is developing on automated vehicle technology. To dramatize the point, Consumer...
News Release
4/21/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google slashed spending on lobbying by 25.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016 to $3.80 million, while AT&T reported the highest lobbying outlay at $4.48 million among a group of 16 tech and communications companies monitored by Consumer Watchdog. Google spent $5.10 million in the comparable 2015 period and AT&T’s...
News Release
4/20/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Trade Commission to file antitrust charges against Alphabet Inc.’s Google for using its monopoly power over the Android operating system to stifle competition and unfairly drive consumers to its own services. The call from the nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group came...
News Release
4/8/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require a steering wheel, brake and accelerator so a human driver can take control of a self-driving robot car when necessary in the guidelines it is developing on automated vehicle technology. In comments for a NHTSA public meeting today...
Video
4/8/2016
Consumer advocates warned Friday that U.S. auto safety regulators' push to aid autonomous car deployments may be too aggressive, and urged greater transparency and public input in policies covering self-driving technology.
Blog Post
3/23/2016
By John M. Simpson
The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminsitration (NHTSA) says it will hold public meetings about self-driving robot car technologies after a coalition of consumer groups sent a letter to Transportation Secretary  Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Adminsitration Mark Rosekind calling for public involvement as new polices are developed. “Your...
News Release
3/9/2016
CONTACT 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 Release
3/3/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson, William C. Wallace & Rosemary Shahan
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 Release
2/29/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A Valentine’s Day crash in which a self-driving Google robot car sideswiped a bus demonstrates the need for a police investigation and the release of technical data and video associated with the crash, Consumer Watchdog said today. Google’s account of the crash was posted on the California Department of Motor...
Video
2/29/2016
Google is taking responsibility for the first time for a crash by one of it's self-driving cars. John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog says these cars are not safe yet and should have a real driver with the ability to take over control of the car in emergencies.