Automated/Driverless Vehicles

Consumer Alert: Regulators and Tesla don’t see eye to eye on safety ratings

Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, says the news is “disturbing, but unfortunately, not particularly surprising…When we see NHTSA having to issue a cease-and-desist letter to stop them from way overstating the safety features of their vehicle, it’s really unfortunate and it’s rather discouraging of how …

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GM, Lyft, Waymo want to be allowed to remove driver controls on autonomous cars

The Center for Auto Safety, a Washington-based consumer advocacy organization, said it remains “skeptical” about companies testing vehicles without manual controls, citing “there is no demonstrable evidence” that the vehicles “can safely operate on (and off) America’s roads.” General Motors and Alphabet’s Waymo are among the companies encouraging federal safety regulators to swiftly, yet safely, …

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Center for Auto Safety Petitions NHTSA to Begin Rulemaking to Immediately Mandate Submission of Safety Information by Companies Testing Self-Driving Technology on Public Road

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2018 Contact: Grace Garver, ggarver@autosafety.org, (202) 328-7700 Center for Auto Safety Petitions NHTSA to Begin Rulemaking to Immediately Mandate Submission of Safety Information by Companies Testing Self-Driving Technology on Public Roads The Center for Auto Safety—the nation’s premier independent non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to …

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Advantages of connected cars come with cybersecurity risks

This opinion piece written by the Center’s Executive Director, Jason Levine, originally appeared in Axios.  The internet connectivity built into most new vehicles enables all sorts of conveniences — news, entertainment, weather and even over-the-air software updates from the manufacturer. The downside: Connected cars are incredibly easy to hack. The …

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Tesla is facing mounting pressure to drop the name ‘Autopilot’

Tesla is facing intense pressure to abandon the name “Autopilot” for its semi-autonomous driving technology following a series of crashes, at least one fatal, involving Tesla vehicles that were operating in that mode. “Tesla has repeatedly exaggerated the autonomous capabilities of its Autopilot technology, boosting sales at the expense of …

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