Ping-Pong: Google Car Fate Back and Forth

By Matthew Askari | June 28, 2012
It seems every couple of weeks there's a push for or against autonomous driving vehicles. This week a Google representative told California legislators if they prohibit "driverlessness," they would effectively force the technology out of town. A few weeks back we reported that California was engaged to take the initial steps—setting up performance and safety guidelines for evaluation—in a bill that was being proposed by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). But proponents have been met by vocal opposition. Consumer Watchdog believes that Google, which had been a major player in the development and research of the technology, must become more transparent. The group cites previous scandals including "Wi-Spy." "Google claims its mission is to organize the world's information and make it accessible. However, when it comes to its plans it is a black box," said Consumer Watchdog in a statement. It continued, "consider the Wi-Spy scandal, the largest wire-tapping effort ever, in which Google's Street View cars sucked up emails, passwords, and other data from private Wi-Fi networks in 30 countries around the world…Google kept changing its story and still has not come clean." The group has asked that an amendment be added to restrict the information Google Cars can gather to just what is necessary to operate the vehicle.
The bill must first pass the Transportation Committee, it would then move on to the Appropriations Committee before finally reaching the Assembly for a vote. Source: Cnet