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News Story
10/3/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California regulators, it turns out, take a dim view of Tesla Motors’ Autopilot — not the self-steering system itself, but the name. In draft regulations released late Friday, the state Department of Motor Vehicles said car companies should not use the terms “self-driving,” “automated” or “auto-pilot...
News Story
9/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — Uber’s decision to bring self-driving taxis to the streets of Pittsburgh this week is raising alarms among a swath of safety experts who say that the technology is not nearly ready for prime time. The unprecedented experiment will launch even though Pennsylvania has yet to pass basic laws that permit the testing of self...
News Story
9/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As Uber prepares to test a fleet of self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh, Consumer Watchdog is concerned that regulators are recklessly embracing autonomous technology Automotive industry stakeholders have touted autonomous cars as being much safer than human drivers. According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 94...
News Story
9/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In the midst of Uber Technologies self-driving cars increasingly inhabiting Pittsburgh traffic, a nonprofit advocacy organization called on the company to make details public about their autonomous vehicles and answer questions about its program's plans. In a letter to Uber, Consumer Watchdog asked 10 questions and requested four commitments...
News Story
9/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Uber Technologies Inc. is being pressed to make public information about any accidents or other problems with its self-driving cars as it prepares to begin operating autonomous Ford Fusion hybrids to pick up customers in Pittsburgh. The Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog group said the popular ride-hailing company should make...
News Release
9/7/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Uber to make public details of its testing of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh and to answer ten key questions about its robot car program and plans. “You have opted to use public roads as your laboratory and with that comes a responsibility to fully disclose exactly what you are...
News Story
9/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog called on Uber Technologies Inc. to make public information about crashes involving driverless cars that the company is testing on Pittsburgh roads. “You have opted to use public roads as your laboratory and with that comes a responsibility to fully disclose exactly what you are doing both when things go...
News Story
3/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
March 25, 2016 -- Would you feel safe in a completely driver-less car? Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based nationally recognized advocacy group prone to litigating issues involving taxpayers and shoppers, says no way. The nonprofit organization on Ocean Park Boulevard has been engaged in a months-long battle to put the brakes on the pace of...
News Story
3/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is determined to get its self-driving cars on the road and doesn't want any roadblocks being erected by the states, so today it will ask Congress to give federal regulators the authority to override state wishes, billing it as a safety measure. "We propose that Congress move swiftly to provide the secretary of transportation with...
News Story
3/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google on Tuesday told U.S. senators that the federal government must fast-track regulations to allow self-driving cars on U.S. roads so America can stay ahead of China, Europe and Japan. "They're hot on our heels," said Chris Urmson, director of Google's driverless car unit. A "growing patchwork" of state regulations...