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News Release
2/16/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
  SANTA MONICA, CA – Five public interest groups have joined in proposing 10 key steps to the Federal Trade ​Commission that they said the agency must take to ensure the FTC adequately protects consumers. In a letter to Acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen and Commissioner Terrell McSweeney the groups wrote: “American...
News Story
2/14/2017
Posted by Connor
When Otto first began testing its technology in California last year, a co-founder of the company sought to assure regulators it was developing driver-assistance systems on the state’s public roads and not self-driving semi trucks. The distinction is critical. Otto, which hopes to develop fully self-driving trucks, would not be required to...
News Story
2/10/2017
Posted by Connor
Consumer Watchdog is asking California officials to revoke the registrations of the self-driving trucks being operated by an Uber unit and to seek charges against the subsidiary, which is called Otto. Last August, Uber bought Otto, which at the time had 90 workers and was deemed by the ride-hailing service as a company that could revolutionize...
News Story
2/8/2017
Posted by Connor
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...
News Story
2/8/2017
Posted by Connor
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,...
Video
2/7/2017
Posted by Connor
Visio is hit with a fine by the FTC for its illegal spying technology embedded in its Televisions.  Consumer Watchdog raises the alarm over the extent of this invasive practice.
News Story
2/3/2017
Posted by Connor
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...
News Story
2/3/2017
Posted by Connor
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
Posted by Connor
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...
News Story
2/2/2017
Posted by Connor
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...