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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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2/23/2017
By Lucas Mearian, Computer World
It sounds like the beginning of a bar room joke. Two self-driving cars are headed down the highway when the lead car decides to  speed up to avoid being rear-ended by the second. That car, in turn, slows down to avoid hitting the first. Then a third car suddenly comes between the two, prompting  the slower car to change lanes to avoid...
News Story
2/21/2017
By Richard Adhikari , CRM Buyer
The United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has come under increasing fire from Republican lawmakers who now have the Trump administration to back their efforts. Long-time critic Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, compared the bureau to a tyranny in a recent interview...
News Story
2/21/2017
By Sam Levin, The Guardian
Uber’s sexual harassment case is the latest controversy in a long history of the ride-sharing company flouting regulations and, according to the company’s critics, ignoring ethical and legal standards in the name of “disruption”.     The San Francisco-based technology corporation is facing a widespread...
News Story
2/17/2017
By Air Talk
The group charges that the practice is discriminatory, because discounts are generally given to those in more “elite” professions like lawyers and engineers. Those in lower-skilled professions, Consumer Watchdog says, are hit with higher insurance rates as a result. Auto insurers say this type of insurance discounts actually doesn'...
News Story
2/14/2017
By Mark Harris, Car and Driver
When Otto first began testing its technology in California last year, a co-founder of the company sought to assure regulators it was developing driver-assistance systems on the state’s public roads and not self-driving semi trucks. The distinction is critical. Otto, which hopes to develop fully self-driving trucks, would not be required to...
News Story
2/10/2017
By George Avalos, Silicon Beat
Consumer Watchdog is asking California officials to revoke the registrations of the self-driving trucks being operated by an Uber unit and to seek charges against the subsidiary, which is called Otto. Last August, Uber bought Otto, which at the time had 90 workers and was deemed by the ride-hailing service as a company that could revolutionize...
News Story
2/9/2017
By Alistair Charlton, Internationl Business Times
In late 2016 Uber's fleet of self-driving cars was forced to leave San Francisco, where they had begun testing on public roads just days earlier. Despite the cars having a driver, they were seen by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as autonomous and needed a $150 (£119) permit to share the streets with regular traffic. Instead of...
News Story
2/8/2017
By Marco della Cava, USA Today
SAN FRANCISCO — Seems like Uber is in another tussle with the California Department of Motor Vehicles over its self-driving vehicle testing. And this time it's trucks. A few months ago, the ride-hailing giant announced that it would begin testing self-driving Volvo SUVs in this hilly city, but a day later that process was halted after...
News Story
2/8/2017
By Johana Bhuiyan, recode.com
The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog wants California to do to Uber’s self-driving trucks what it did to Uber’s self-driving cars: Take them off the road. In a letter to the California DMV, Consumer Watchdog director John Simpson asked that the agency revoke the registrations of the self-driving trucks Uber-owned Otto is testing on...
News Story
2/8/2017
By Samantha Masunaga
Consumer Watchdog is urging the California Department of Insurance to deny auto insurance rate proposals from insurers Geico and Progressive that the consumer group says will dole out unfair discounts based on occupation. The organization says discounts given to so-called affinity groups give preference to drivers who are part of “...