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Self-Driving Vehicles Put Through Paces

Self-Driving Vehicles Put Through Paces

American Center for Mobility near Detroit touts itself as offering 'perfect environment' for testing driverless, connected vehicles

By Eric D. Lawrence, DAYTON DAILY NEWS

February 2, 2018

The American Center for Mobility opened its first phase in December. It includes a 2.5-mile highway loop and 700-foot curved tunnel; the center notes that it offers four-season testing, day and night, in sun, rain, ice and snow.

Hyundai's False MPG Advertising

After receiving complaints from Hyundai owners across the country, in November, 2011 Consumer Watchdog challenged the US Environmental Protection Agency to audit Hyundai over the "40 Miles Per Gallon" MPG claims on the window sticker of its Elantra. On November 2, 2012, the EPA confirmed Consumer Watchdog's allegations, announcing that Hyundai and KIA would be required to change the false MPG window sticker claims on many of their vehicles, including Elantra.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Amazon's Alexa Can Now Control Your Microwave - And Will Soon Expand To Conventional Ovens

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Amazon's Alexa Can Now Control Your Microwave - And Will Soon Expand To Conventional Ovens

By Cheyenne MacDonald, THE DAILY MAIL UK

January 5, 2018

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5239777/Amazons-Alexa-co…

Amazon’s smart assistant can now add ‘cooking’ to its ever-expanding set of home skills.

How Paranoid Should You Be About Your Nosy Virtual Assistant?

How Paranoid Should You Be About Your Nosy Virtual Assistant?

By Rachael Myrow, KQED

January 4, 2018

https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2018/01/04/how-paranoid-should-you-be-about-y…

As many of us settle into the new year with virtual assistants like the Amazon Echo, Google Home or Microsoft Cortana, it’s worth asking: how much personal information are they picking up? Also, where does that information go?

UM Working To Stop Hackers Of Robot Cars

UM Working To Stop Hackers Of Robot Cars

By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS

January 4, 2018

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/mobility/2018/01/04/rob…

University of Michigan researchers working with the Mcity robotic-car testing facility have developed a tool to determine how vulnerable self-driving cars are to hackers who might want to take control of a car or lock its systems for ransom.

Consumer Groups Say 'NYT' Kids Supplement Should Be Ad-Free

Consumer Groups Say 'NYT' Kids Supplement Should Be Ad-Free

By Sara Guaglione, PUBLISHERS DAILY (MEDIAPOST)

December 28, 2017

https://mediapost.com/publications/article/312271/consumer-groups-say-n…

The New York Times will roll out a monthly print-only section for kids in 2018, but 10 national consumer groups say the Times should ban advertising from the section.

Self-Driving Vehicle Proving Ground Opens At Willow Run Near Detroit

Self-Driving Vehicle Proving Ground Opens At Willow Run Near Detroit

By Eric D. Lawrence, DETROIT FREE PRESS

December 18, 2017

https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2017/12/18/self-driving-cars-pro…

The launch of self-driving vehicle testing at the American Center for Mobility west of Detroit came with something that frequently confounds human drivers in Michigan — snow.

Consumer Watchdog, Anti-Trust Experts Warn of Higher Prices From Disney-Fox Merger

Consumer Watchdog, Anti-Trust Experts Warn of Higher Prices From Disney-Fox Merger

By Ricardo Lopez, VARIETY

December 14, 2017

http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/consumer-impact-disney-fox-1202641240/

Consumers can expect to pay more for streaming subscriptions if regulators give the greenlight to the proposed $52.4-billion merger of Disney and Fox, a consumer advocacy group and anti-trust law experts warned Thursday.