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News Story
12/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber on Wednesday rolled out a fleet of self-driving cars in San Francisco, the second U.S. city to participate in its pilot project. Pittsburgh was the first. Riders who request an UberX -- the lowest-priced Uber vehicle -- will be matched with one of the self-driving Volvo XC90 SUVs if one is available and if the customers are willing, according...
Video
12/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Michael Finney explains how Consumer Watchdog is calling for the arrest of Uber's CEO after they release their new robot cars on the streets of San Francisco in violation of California law.
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12/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The CA DMV has told Uber to immediately remove their self-driving cars off the roads in San Francisco, until they get the proper permits. Consumer Watchdog is drafting legislation to address concerns with safety and transparency by the self-driving car companies.
News Release
12/13/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s new name for its robot car division, “Waymo,” fits, Consumer Watchdog said today, because it reminds us that we must know “way more” about robot cars and the serious policy issues they raise before self-driving cars can be safely deployed. In announcing the new stand-alone robot car...
News Story
12/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Truck builders are joining the race to develop autonomous vehicles, promising to revolutionize the way the nation delivers goods. But don’t expect to see robotic trucks on the highway anytime soon, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear says. “What we’re really talking about is not displacing...
News Story
12/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A key issue is emerging in the development of self-driving cars: In order to make sure the technology works, should developers be sharing with the government the data they collect in road tests? Having each developer go it alone could add years to the process, while exchanging information could speed development. Even though the cars on the road...
News Story
12/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Silicon Valley voted heavily for Hillary Clinton, but companies working on driverless cars seem overjoyed with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Transportation secretary, Elaine Chao. Chao will wield great power over how driverless cars and other automated vehicles will be regulated — or not.     Although she...
News Story
12/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Tesla Motors has been in the news lately for vulnerabilities in its mobile app, more injuries with Autopilot and the marketing of Autopilot. Mobile researchers were able to hack into the Tesla remote app. Promon found that lack of security in the Tesla smartphone app, cyber criminals could take control of the company’s vehicles, to the point...
News Story
12/2/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Not everyone is happy about a recent agreement between car companies and federal regulators that would ensure all new cars are equipped with automated emergency braking systems by 2022. Ever since the ink dried on the pact in March, consumer advocates have voiced concerns about both the timeframe for adopting this potential life-saving technology...
News Release
12/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA, CA – A growing list of Tesla crashes demonstrates the urgent need to regulate the vehicles’ “Autopilot” feature, Consumer Watchdog said today, reiterating its call to the California DMV to act and for the company to disable the feature. Earlier this week a Tesla smashed into a construction barrier truck on the...