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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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5/13/2015
By Pete Bigelow, AUTOBLOG
Companies racing to develop self-driving cars for American roads have hit their first potholes. Google acknowledged Monday its self-driving vehicles have been involved in four car accidents since September and 11 overall during six years of testing. Global automotive supplier Delphi said its autonomous cars have been involved in one minor accident...
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5/13/2015
By David R. Baker, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
As companies from Google to Tesla Motors race to develop self-driving cars, the nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog has a helpful suggestion: Don’t leave out the steering wheel. Or the brake pedal. The consumer advocacy group on Tuesday called for regulations requiring all autonomous cars to have those basic components so their drivers (or...
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5/13/2015
By Lookout Staff, SANTA MONICA LOOKOUT
May 13, 2015 -- While tech companies scramble to develop a new generation of driverless cars, one local consumer advocacy group says not so fast. Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog on Tuesday raised safety concerns about the budding technology and called on Google to provide the public with details of 11 collisions involving Google’s...
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5/12/2015
By Jon Healey, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Google's revelation about the (seemingly admirable) safety record of its self-driving cars may not actually further the cause of driverless vehicles in California. In a blog post Monday, Chris Urmson, the director of Google's self-driving-car program, said that the 20-plus autonomous cars in his fleet had been involved in 11...
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5/12/2015
By Jerry Hirsch & Joseph Serna, LOS ANGELES TIMES
The riskiest thing about self-driving vehicles may turn out to be human drivers. Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars undergoing tests on California roads since September, when the state began issuing permits to auto companies, have crashed. But the cars, three owned by Google and one by Delphi, were in collisions caused by human error. Driver...
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5/12/2015
By Dennis Romero, LA WEEKLY
Google wants to take over our highways the way it has taken over the information superhighway. Its driverless cars are a lot closer to road domination than many people think. Back in 2012 Google announced that its robo rides had completed 300,000 miles of test driving without a single accident, making them safer than the average American driver (...
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5/12/2015
By James R. Hood, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
In most of the incidents, the Google car was rear-ended, the company says Google, founded on Sept. 4, 1998, will be turning 17 in a few months and, like many teens, it's eager to get out on the open road after a few years of puttering around town with driving instructors and anxious parents looking over its shoulder. Critics have been...
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5/12/2015
By Staff Reports, WRAL TECH WIRE
San Francisco — Consumer Watchdog, a California-based group, is calling on Google to release data about accidents involving its driverless cars. The Associated Press reported Monday about several accidents on public highways in California. Carmen Balber, Consumer Watchdog's executive director, is hosting a press conference Tuesday...
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5/12/2015
By Liam Tung, ZDNET
Google has revealed that its driverless cars have been involved in accidents 11 times, but says all the collisions were caused by other drivers. The accidents were all "minor", meaning light damage and no injuries, Chris Urmson, director of Google's self-driving car program, said on Monday. "Not once was the self-driving car the...
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5/12/2015
By Kristen Lepore, KPCC 89.3 FM Pasadena, CA
Despite a protest of almost 200 residents, the Santa Monica city council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday that will prohibit residents from sharing their place when they're not present. This tough legislation is a first, Airbnb spokesperson Alison Schumer, told KPCC prior to the meeting.  "The unnecessarily restrictive...