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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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7/21/2016
By Russ Mitchell, LOS ANGELES TIMES
What’s in a name? For Tesla’s driver-assist system “autopilot,” plenty of controversy. Some of the most enthusiastic proponents of autonomous vehicles and features are worried that autopilot — not the technology itself, but the very name, which some find misleading — might slow down the evolution of the...
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7/20/2016
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Washington – Federal regulators have not lost their enthusiasm for self-driving cars after a series of crashes involving Tesla vehicles that were operating with their automated driving system activated, the nation's top highway safety official said Wednesday. National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind said in a speech at...
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7/19/2016
By Claudia Buck, SACRAMENTO BEE
For the first time since launching three years ago, Covered California – the state’s health insurance marketplace– announced double-digit rate increases, averaging 13.2 percent for 2017. Tuesday’s announcement came as California consumers were encouraged to “shop around” for cheaper coverage under the federal...
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7/19/2016
By Melody Petersen & Noam N. Levey, LOS ANGELES TIMES
remiums for Californians’ Obamacare health coverage will rise by an average of 13.2% next year — more than three times the increase of the last two years and a jump that is bound to raise debate in an election year. The big hikes come after two years in which California officials had boasted that the program helped insure...
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7/19/2016
By Chad Terhune & Pauline Bartolone, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
California’s Obamacare premiums will jump 13.2 percent on average next year, a sharp increase that is likely to reverberate nationwide in an election year. The Covered California exchange had won plaudits by negotiating 4 percent average rate increases in its first two years. But that feat couldn’t be repeated for 2017, as overall...
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7/19/2016
By Tracy Siepel, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Californians who buy coverage through the state's health insurance exchange better get ready for a dose of sticker shock: Average premiums next year will shoot up more than 13 percent statewide -- and could even double that in some parts of Northern California. While consumers are growing weary about the rising costs of health care and...
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7/19/2016
By Ben Miller, GOVTECH.COM
In order to put self-driving cars on the streets, auto makers must first prove themselves, speakers at an automated driving convention have argued. SAN FRANCISCO — It was only mentioned a couple of times, and still the looming specter of Tesla Motors’ first death while one of its cars was in self-driving mode hung over the 2016...
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7/19/2016
By Michael Liedtke, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday that he wants government regulators and the auto industry to work more closely together to test self-driving technology before people entrust their vehicle's steering and brakes to a robot. Foxx told about 1,200 people at a self-driving convention in San Francisco that...
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7/18/2016
By Tyson Fisher, LANDLINE MAGAZINE
Consumer Watchdog, along with three auto safety advocates, has written a letter to President Obama urging his administration to stop attempts allowing autonomous vehicle technology on the roads in the wake of reports of a fatal crash involving Tesla’s autonomous system. One day later, Consumer Reports called on Tesla to disable and update...
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7/18/2016
Op-Ed Commentary by Joan Claybrook & Jamie Court, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Op-Ed Commentary by Joan Clay­brook and Jamie Court Joan Clay­book is a for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Jamie Court is pres­i­dent of Con­sumer Watch­dog.   Aman died be­cause his self-driv­ing car couldn...