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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
12/4/2016
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 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...
News Release
11/29/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has petitioned the California Department of Motor Vehicles to immediately start a formal rulemaking to expedite a proposed regulation banning misleading advertising that leaves the dangerous – and sometimes fatal – impression that a car is more capable of driving itself than is actually the...
News Story
11/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog wants rules limiting hype about self-driving cars Carmakers should be a bit more circumspect in their claims for self-driving cars, a California consumer group thinks. Consumer Watchdog wants the California Department of Motor Vehicles to ban misleading ads that leave the dangerous – and sometimes fatal...