Google’s at it again. The tech giant isn’t content just monkeying with federal regulations or lobbyists. Instead, its tentacles are in Washington. They just won’t give up. The search giant is now one of the biggest proponents of self driving car tech. Furthermore, the company’s constant lawsuits and fighting with Uber casts a pall over the optics. The consumer has the short end of the stick so far.
Seeking Alpha had the dish on the situation. Google wants the rules bent just for them. No other company gets away with such behavior. It’s a wonder that the Silicon Valley giant tries such actions.
Reuters also reported on the situation. A major committee in Congress submitted a major exemption to the house. The Energy and Commerce Commitee let the rules go for Google. Under the measure, the Feds exempt 100,000 self driving cars from existing regs. Of course, the Congress as a whole still has a vote. However, Google has a reputation for putting money in pockets of both parties.
Other major companies requested such an exemption. These included Tesla, Ford, and GM. Each one has a stake in the self driving car game. Each one has a profit to make whether or not the vehicles are safe. Congress has the authority to protect the consumer. One of the major questions will be whether or not they do. In addition, consider both the corps’ and Congress’s bad track records. It doesn’t end with the best interest of the consumers at heart. We will closely monitor the vote and actions by Congress over the next several weeks. Hopefully it will all work out, but signs point to a troubled decision.
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