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News Release
6/18/2015
CONTACT John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The California Department of Motor Vehicles has reversed its policy and today said it would release accident reports about crashes involving self-driving cars that are being tested on public roads. “It took too long, but the DMV is now getting right,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy...
News Release
6/5/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – After repeated calls for disclosure from Consumer Watchdog, Google today said it would issue regular reports offering some details of crashes involving its driverless cars.  The public interest group said more details are still needed. Google released its first of what it said would be monthly reports on a website...
Blog Post
6/4/2015
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
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
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Cody Rosenfield
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 Release
5/12/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Google to disclose the details of 11 crashes it has acknowledged its self-driving vehicles were involved in and released a video showing shortcomings of driverless car technology. “Google has admitted to 11 crashes involving its robot cars, but refuses to reveal the details,”...
News Release
5/11/2015
CONTACT 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,”...
Video
5/11/2015
Send a message to state regulators: robot cars need to be safe and protect our privacy too! http://bit.ly/1bLfFwL
News Release
3/19/2015
CONTACT 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 Release
11/10/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – NASA’s just announced lease agreement with a Google subsidiary to manage Moffett Federal Airfield wrongly rewards the Internet giant’s executives for longstanding abuses at Ames Research Center, Consumer Watchdog said. NASA claimed the lease would save the agency approximately $6.3 million annually in...