Monthly Archives: August 2013

Google Self-Driving Cars Should Record Driver Moves Despite Privacy Fears, U.S. Official Say

SAN DIEGO — Top U.S. safety official Deborah Hersman wants to see Google’s self-driving cars do more than switch lanes and brake for red lights. She said she also hopes the vehicles record what they do.

Before Google’s self-driving cars are admitted en masse onto the nation’s roads, the vehicles should not only be safe, but be equipped with mandatory data recorders that would log any crash or mishap, said Hersman, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

“When you have a driverless car, you have to demonstrate on the front end that you have the data that shows it’s safe. But we would also say, you need to make
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Texting and driving: An update

Texting and driving can be a deadly combination, and it’s an unfortunate reality Cora Villalobos knows firsthand.

Her daughter, Lisa Marie Wilson, was killed in a car accident on Highway 49 in 2011 after she drove off the road, overcorrected and collided head-on with a pickup truck. Following the accident, Villalobos discovered that Wilson had been texting her boyfriend at the time of the accident.

“Lisa died two-and-a-half years ago,” Villalobos said. “It feels like yesterday and like forever at the same time. … It’s hard to put into words the way we still feel and hurt for our daughter.”

Cell phones have become a near-ubiquitous accessory for most drivers who get behind
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California Business Roundtable Launches the Center for Jobs and the Economy

Sacramento, August 22, 2013 – Today the California Business Roundtable announced the launch of the California Center for Jobs and the Economy. The Center will provide a comprehensive view of California’s employment picture by region as well as by demographics and industry sectors. The website provides a new data tool that allows users to visually see what is occurring in the state with respect to employment, wages, and other economic data across the regions, by county and by State Senate and Assembly districts.

“California businesses, residents and elected officials are going to greatly benefit from the creation of the Center for Jobs and the Economy. The factual data that the Center distributes
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