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News Release
11/20/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to rebuff pressure from Google and continue at a deliberate pace to ensure regulations covering robot cars protect public safety. “Google may have its foot on the accelerator pedal in its mad drive to develop robot cars, but the DMV has...
News Release
10/9/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The California Department of Motor Vehicles today said it will now post all autonomous vehicle accident reports on its website.  The move comes after Consumer Watchdog recently suggested to the DMV that it make the required reports easily available online. “Our highways are being used as corporate laboratories...
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...
News Release
8/20/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its Autonomous Vehicle Regulation to require that police investigate any crashes of robot cars being tested on public roads. In addition the DMV should require that any data and video gathered by a robot car just before and during a...
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
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,”...
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
6/10/2014
CONTACT 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...
Video
3/12/2014
It's coming, "driverless cars" could be commercially available sooner than you think. The California DMV held a public hearing to solicit ideas on how to integrate driverless cars — sometimes called "autonomous vehicles" — onto public roads.California regulators are now listening to issues data privacy and...
News Release
3/11/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SACRAMENTO, CA -- The California Department of Motor Vehicles must enact regulations that protect users privacy in new regulations it is drafting that would cover Google’s driverless cars and other “autonomous vehicles” traveling on California’s highways, Consumer Watchdog told the DMV today. “The DMV regulations must...