Consumer Watchdog Joins Broad Coalition Telling US Senate to Put Brakes on Flawed Robot Car Bill

Consumer Watchdog has joined an alliance of more than 75 local, state and national organizations representing safety, law enforcement and first responders, public health, bicyclists and pedestrians, engineering, environmental and consumer groups, disability communities and families affected by motor vehicle crashes calling on the Senate to oppose a flawed autonomous vehicle bill.

A letter from the groups was delivered to U.S. Senators today by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. The letter warns the proposed bill, AV START Act (S. 1885), fails to sufficiently address known problems revealed by the dangerous and deadly crashes involving vehicles equipped with highly and partially automated driving systems.

“A deeply flawed federal law that preempts state regulations is worse than no law,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy and Technology Project Director.