Consumer Group Calls Foul After Former Highway Safety Chief Joins Self-Driving Car Startup

Consumer Watchdog on Tuesday decried the hiring of former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind by autonomous vehicle developer Zoox.

“Consumers can have no confidence that NHTSA’s autonomous vehicle guidance was developed with public safety in mind when Administrator Rosekind was shopping his resume to potential future employers in the robot car industry while the policy was being drafted,” John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director, said in a statement.

“If the public is to have any trust in government rules, the regulators simply cannot go to work for the companies they once regulated,” Simpson said.