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News Story
2/21/2017
Posted by Connor
Uber’s sexual harassment case is the latest controversy in a long history of the ride-sharing company flouting regulations and, according to the company’s critics, ignoring ethical and legal standards in the name of “disruption”.     The San Francisco-based technology corporation is facing a widespread...
News Story
2/14/2017
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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
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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
2/9/2017
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In late 2016 Uber's fleet of self-driving cars was forced to leave San Francisco, where they had begun testing on public roads just days earlier. Despite the cars having a driver, they were seen by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as autonomous and needed a $150 (£119) permit to share the streets with regular traffic. Instead of...
Video
2/9/2017
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Consumer Watchdog pressures the California DMV to take action after reports of Otto, Uber's self driving Truck company, seen driving on CA roads without a permit.
News Release
2/8/2017
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  SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Department of Motor Vehicles to revoke Otto’s robot truck registrations and seek appropriate charges against the company and its executives for illegally testing self-driving technology on California roads.​ The group also said that given Otto's actions, Uber cannot...
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
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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,...
News Story
2/8/2017
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The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog wants California to do to Uber’s self-driving trucks what it did to Uber’s self-driving cars: Take them off the road. In a letter to the California DMV, Consumer Watchdog director John Simpson asked that the agency revoke the registrations of the self-driving trucks Uber-owned Otto is testing on...
News Story
2/8/2017
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SAN FRANCISCO — Seems like Uber is in another tussle with the California Department of Motor Vehicles over its self-driving vehicle testing. And this time it's trucks. A few months ago, the ride-hailing giant announced that it would begin testing self-driving Volvo SUVs in this hilly city, but a day later that process was halted after...