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News Release
2/10/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is wrong to say the artificial intelligence guiding an autonomous robot car counts as the driver, Consumer Watchdog said today, adding that Google’s own test data demonstrates the need for a human driver who can take control when necessary. “Google says its...
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2/2/2016
Consumer Watchdog's John M. Simpson explains why robot cars need a licensed driver in the car with the option to override the driverless system.  
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2/2/2016
Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director John M. Simpson says the need to require a licensed driver behind the wheel is obvious after a review of the results from seven companies that have been testing robot cars since September 2014.
News Release
1/28/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SACRAMENTO, CA – Consumer Watchdog today strongly endorsed the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ draft regulations for autonomous vehicles that require self-driving robot cars have a licensed driver behind the wheel capable of taking control, and a working steering wheel, gas pedal and brake. “The need to require a...
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1/28/2016
Consumer Watchdog is concerned that driverless car technology is still unproven. John M. Simpson supports the DMV's draft regulations for autonomous vehicles that require self-driving robot cars have a licensed driver behind the wheel capable of taking control, and a working steering wheel, gas pedal and brake.
News Release
1/12/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s just released report detailing when human drivers took control of a self-driving robot car being tested underscores the need – as required by California DMV draft regulations – for a driver behind a steering wheel of a self-driving car, Consumer Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan, nonprofit...
News Release
1/6/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumers and regulators should not be fooled by the autonomous vehicle hype coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Consumer Watchdog warned today. “Robot car advocates are putting a glitzy spin on their ‘autonomous’ technologies,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s...
News Release
12/3/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Self-driving robot cars are not ready for public use and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) must not rush to implement regulations covering the vehicles as it updates its policy on automated vehicle technologies, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary...
News Release
11/24/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) to put the safety of drivers and other vehicles first as it revises its two-year-old policy on self-driving vehicles. NHTSA last issued guidance on robot cars in 2013, which advised states to limit the vehicles for testing, but...
News Release
9/24/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today formally petitioned the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its driverless car testing regulations to require that police investigate any accidents involving robot cars. In addition the public interest group said the regulations should be amended to require copies of any video or...