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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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7/19/2016
By Chad Terhune & Pauline Bartolone, NPR.ORG
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...
News Story
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...
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7/18/2016
By Max Lewontin, THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
Tesla head Elon Musk says that an over-the-air software update could lead to 'significant improvements.' As a controversy around Tesla’s Autopilot feature continues to ramp up, chief executive Elon Musk is attempting to reassure owners that the partially autonomous system could receive “significant improvements.” After...
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7/18/2016
By David R. Baker, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
As automakers race to create cars that can drive themselves, a growing chorus of consumer advocates is demanding that the companies — and their federal regulators — slow down.   The fatal crash of a Tesla Motors Model S operating in its self-steering Autopilot mode has thrown the issue into sharp relief. Consumer Reports on...
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7/15/2016
By Bruce Brown, DIGITAL TRENDS (Yahoo.com)
It’s beginning to feel like piling on. Six days after Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to Tesla saying the electric car maker should turn off the semi-autonomous Autopilot feature, Consumer Reports has made the same statement and received the same answer, according to Electrek. In both cases Tesla said no. The Consumer Reports article...
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7/15/2016
By Cheryl Miller, THE RECORDER
SACRAMENTO—Consumer groups are pressing the Obama administration not to issue guidance on autonomous vehicles operations next week when federal transportation officials address an industry conference in San Francisco. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator...