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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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2/8/2017
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,...
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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...
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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...
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2/8/2017
By Ivan Penn and Ryan Menezes, LA Times
The bucolic orchards of Sutter County north of Sacramento had never seen anything like it: a visiting governor and a media swarm — all to christen the first major natural gas power plant in California in more than a decade. At its 2001 launch, the Sutter Energy Center was hailed as the nation’s cleanest power plant. It generated...
News Story
2/3/2017
By Troy Wolverton, The Mercury News
You probably know that you should delete all the data off your phone before you give it away and wipe the hard drive on your computer before you sell it. But have you considered all the data stored on your car, and what you should do with it when you get rid of the vehicle? Maybe not. Tony Aquila, CEO of Solera Holdings, a company...
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2/3/2017
By Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle
Alphabet CEO Larry Page once proposed that we “set aside a small part of the world” free from laws because “there are many, many exciting and important things you just can’t do because they’re illegal or they’re not allowed by regulation.” At least in theory, the country got one step closer to Page’s...
News Story
2/2/2017
By Body Shop Business Staff Writers
Disengagement reports from companies testing autonomous cars on California’s public roads show that driverless vehicles are not ready to be deployed without human drivers who can take control when the self-driving technology fails, according to the group Consumer Watchdog. The California Department of Motor Vehicles requires every...
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2/2/2017
By Diane Bartz, Reuters
Washington --The Federal Trade Commission will focus on fraud and be judicious in making paperwork requests when it opens an investigation into a company, acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said in a speech on Thursday. Ohlhausen called fighting fraud the "core of the FTC's consumer protection mission." "These cases may not...
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2/2/2017
By Pete Bigelow, Car and Driver
Self-driving cars operated by Waymo are logging significantly more miles on California public roads than their competitors, and the Google project’s cars are traveling significantly more miles without experiencing disengagements of their autonomous technology, according to reports released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The...
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2/2/2017
By Simon Lai, behind the wheel, Australia
 Self-driving vehicles are all the rage with big hopes for the future but a new study says they aren’t ready to take on the task of driving all by themselves. US consumer advocate organisation Consumer Watchdog has collated reports from different robot car companies and concluded that at this stage autonomous vehicles are not ready to...