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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...
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
1/3/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Convenient stored passwords imperil privacy; Passwords on shared devices can be snooping spouses' best ally   James Phills uncovered details about his estranged wife's romance with his boss through private Facebook messages he wasn't meant to see. The messages were sent between his wife and the dean of Stanford's Graduate...
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...