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News Release
1/30/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to ask Police Chief Bill Scott to have police closely monitor Uber’s activities as it brings its robot cars back on the city’s streets, claiming they will now only gather data and not be in self-driving mode. “Based on Uber’s past...
News Release
1/19/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – In a last minute action by the outgoing administration, the National Highway Traffic Administration today ended its probe of the fatal crash of a Tesla in Florida last May by wrongly blaming the driver instead of the car’s “Autopilot” technology, Consumer Watchdog said. “NHTSA has wrongly accepted...
News Story
1/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — The U.S. government will not order any recalls or fines as it concludes its investigation of a fatal crash involving a 2015 Tesla Model S that was operating with its automated driving system activated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it did not find any safety defects in Tesla’s semi-...
News Story
1/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Federal regulators said Thursday they have closed an investigation of a fatal Tesla Autopilot crash, finding no defects and declining to issue a recall notice. The six-month investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  into the nation’s first self-driving vehicle fatality found no problems with the design or...
News Story
1/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The push to bring self-driving cars to American roads got a significant boost on Thursday when the nation’s chief auto safety regulator essentially cleared Tesla Motors Inc.’s Autopilot system of fault in a fatal 2016 crash. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the owner of a Tesla Motors Inc....
News Story
1/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Drivers need to pay attention while driving, even as technology gradually takes over the task. That’s the message U.S. safety regulators delivered Thursday after closing an investigation into a fatal Tesla crash in Florida last year involving the vehicle’s Autopilot system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...
News Story
1/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
They accuse Obama of loading panel with industry executives Politics, they say, makes for strange bedfellows. It's something we should probably get used to over the next four years. Consumer Watchdog, a consumer advocacy group, wants President-elect Donald Trump to reverse an Obama administration appointment, firing General Motors CEO Mary...
News Release
1/12/2017
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Advocates today called on President-elect Donald J. Trump to make General Motors CEO Mary Barra his first firing and remove her as co-chairman of the newly created Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation (ACAT). In a letter to Trump, Jamie Court, president of Consumer...
News Story
1/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
President-elect Donald Trump should fire the General Motors Chairman and CEO from her position as co-chair of the newly formed Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation, a California-based watchdog group demands. In a letter addressed to Trump, Consumer Watchdog — a nonprofit organization “...
News Story
1/6/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Permits that only cost $150 are clearly worth taking the time to secure if this ends up being the alternative Inspired by Uber's illegal autonomous taxi launch in California, a San Francisco assemblyman is calling on the state to tighten self-driving rules. Democrat Phil Ting on Thursday introduced legislation that would increase penalties and...