Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Google (cleverly) tells would-be regulators of self-driving cars to just go to hell

Intricate enough to boggle a regulator's mind.

Where have we heard this before?
Sacramento Business Journal reports on CA DMV meetings on self-driving cars

Google company officials warned the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday against establishing a government process for measuring the safety of driverless cars.
Google representatives spoke Tuesday morning at a public workshop attended by more than 100 car manufacturers, state workers, lobbyists and safety advocates. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) officials argued that the technology behind autonomous vehicles is too intricate for state government representatives to fully grasp -- and therefore regulate. Google instead suggested that the tech giant show regulators its own safety process.
"This is a dangerous route you are taking," said Bryan Salesky, program manager for Google's self-driving cars unit. He was referring to the possibility that state officials will establish their own process for assessing the safety of these cars.
"The DMV is not in the best position to evaluate the safety of any one of these products," Salesky said....."Safety is built into the product from day one. It's something that is organic to what we do."For the same reason, Salesky said, bringing in a third-party safety contractor would be "naive."
Here's a reminder that the NHTSA #2 man who presided over the NASA (purported) "study" of Toyota's electronics, Ron Medford, is now Director of Safety for Google's autonomous cars program.

Wired: Google poaches NHTSA deputy director for self-driving cars program

Question: If the government is responsible for the safety and well-being of the people, how can Google just tell the government to neglect to perform that duty?