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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.

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 “...
News Story
2/8/2017
By Clarissa Hawes, Trucks.com
A safety group is urging the California Department of Motor Vehicles to revoke the registrations of Otto’s self-driving trucks, claiming the vehicles are not properly permitted, and weigh more than 10,000 pounds, a violation of the state’s current testing requirements. Consumer Watchdog filed its complaint with the DMV on Monday,...
News Story
2/8/2017
By Pete Bigelow, Car and Driver
In December, Uber began testing autonomous vehicles on California public roads without obtaining the necessary permit required by state regulations. A public standoff ensued. The ride-hailing service argued that its autonomous technologies fell outside the scope of the state’s regulations and proceeded with its project. California’s...
News Story
2/8/2017
By Staff and Wire Reports
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Monday announced her support for a state bill that would stop the reopening of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility until the root cause of a massive leak that occurred there is determined. “I believe it is important for state regulators and the public to be fully aware of what caused the...