Monthly Archives: September 2012

Jerry Brown signs driverless car bill

Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert

Gov. Jerry Brown, describing Google Inc.’s robot cars as “science fiction becoming tomorrow’s reality,” signed legislation this afternoon allowing driverless cars to be tested on public roads.

“Today we’re looking at science fiction becoming tomorrow’s reality: the self driving car,” the Democratic governor said at a bill signing event at Google’s headquarters here.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin said he could “count on one hand” the number of years it might take before driverless technology becomes widely available.

Google and other supporters of the legislation, Senate Bill 1298, say robot-controlled cars could drive more safely and efficiently than people, whose errors are responsible
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PIFC President Rex Frazier in Top 3 of business group leaders in Capitol Weekly Top 100 and 28 overall

Rex Frazier was named the 28th in the Capitol Weekly Top 100 list !   In fact, upon further analysis, Rex is the third highest ranked business group leader!

Here is a link to the Top 100:, which includes the following summary of the Top 100 list project:

“There’s so much going on in the Capitol and the political community that targets it – the trade groups, the lobbyists, the bureaucracy, the consultants – that no list of names can really capture the energy.

But except for some last-minute hysteria and juggling, we’re pretty happy with this list: It gives you an idea of who’s doing what to
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California Taps the Brakes on Insurance Telematics

By Susan Kuchinskas  Telematics Update

Susan Kuchinskas looks at how US state law can hinder insurance telematics.

Insurance carriers and telecoms are rushing to market usage-based insurance (UBI) solutions that calculate risk and set rates based on individual drivers’ behavior. But some US state regulations stand in the way. In California, for example, when there’s a conflict between commerce and consumer protection, consumer protection usually wins.

“You want a rating structure that’s as transparent and intuitive as possible to the consumer so they understand what they’re doing that’s driving the rate,” says Joel Laucher, deputy commissioner for the State of California Department of Insurance. “You also want reasonable stability
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