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News Release
1/5/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Uber to release information about testing its robot cars in Arizona after pulling them out of San Francisco and to answer 10 questions about its vision for self-driving vehicles. In a letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson...
News Story
1/5/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
California-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog publicly asked Uber to release test data surrounding its autonomous vehicle program and called on the mobility giant to go on-record regarding its plans to address several challenges currently faced by driverless technology. Consumer Watchdog believes Uber's choice to abandon its pilot program...
News Story
1/5/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A California lawmaker doesn’t want operators of self-driving vehicles sneaking their cars on the road without permission. Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco Thursday proposed fines as high as $25,000 per vehicle per day for any company testing self-driving vehicles on public roads without first obtaining a two-year, $150...
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1/5/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber moves its robot car testing to Arizona instead of getting the necessary permits to test them in California. Consumer Watchdog says Uber did it to avoid having to release its crash reports.
News Story
12/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — The Obama administration is barreling ahead with a number of regulations that affect automakers in its final days, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to drastically reduce the burden of federal rules on U.S. businesses. Jeff Davis, senior fellow for the independent Eno Center for Transportation think tank, said...
News Story
12/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Company insists traffic violations in San Francisco are the result of ‘human error’ by drivers who can take control if needed, but witness account contradicts this An autonomous Uber malfunctioned while in “self-driving mode” and caused a near collision in San Francisco, according to a business owner whose account raises...
News Release
12/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Uber is refusing to obtain required permits to test robot cars on San Francisco streets in order to keep test information secret and avoid public scrutiny, Consumer Watchdog said today. The Department of Motor Vehicles and the Attorney General have told Uber that the company must get permits or face legal action. A meeting...
News Story
12/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California DMV announced it had revoked the registration of 16 autonomous Uber cars, which were caught on numerous occasions running red lights California has forced Uber to remove its self-driving vehicles from the road, canceling the company’s controversial pilot program in San Francisco after a week of embarrassing reports of traffic...
News Story
12/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber’s puzzling defiance of a California requirement that it get a $150 permit to operate self-driving cars in San Francisco came to an end with the ride-hailing company announcing it was suspending the program. Uber had little choice: California's Department of Motor Vehicles revoked registrations for its 16-vehicle test...
News Story
12/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — Uber pulled its self-driving cars off San Francisco’s streets Wednesday after the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles revoked their registrations, effectively ending the company’s controversial pilot program after just one week. The move marked a dramatic end to Uber’s standoff with state...