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News Story
9/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In the midst of Uber Technologies self-driving cars increasingly inhabiting Pittsburgh traffic, a nonprofit advocacy organization called on the company to make details public about their autonomous vehicles and answer questions about its program's plans. In a letter to Uber, Consumer Watchdog asked 10 questions and requested four commitments...
News Story
9/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Uber Technologies Inc. is being pressed to make public information about any accidents or other problems with its self-driving cars as it prepares to begin operating autonomous Ford Fusion hybrids to pick up customers in Pittsburgh. The Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog group said the popular ride-hailing company should make...
News Release
9/7/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Uber to make public details of its testing of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh and to answer ten key questions about its robot car program and plans. “You have opted to use public roads as your laboratory and with that comes a responsibility to fully disclose exactly what you are...
News Story
9/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog called on Uber Technologies Inc. to make public information about crashes involving driverless cars that the company is testing on Pittsburgh roads. “You have opted to use public roads as your laboratory and with that comes a responsibility to fully disclose exactly what you are doing both when things go...
News Story
8/23/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
CONCORD -- The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog agency is questioning the removal of key privacy protections in a bill that would allow testing of a driverless shuttle in Contra Costa County. Consumer Watchdog advocate John Simpson said the agency is most concerned that the lack of stringent privacy protections would set a bad precedent as more...
News Story
8/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As Google and Uber trial prototypes, the future of fully driverless cars and safer roads should come sooner than anyone thought – but they’re in no mood to rush Sitting in the passenger seat of Google’s self driving car is a less bizarre experience than sitting in the driving seat, but it’s still unsettling. In the streets...
News Story
8/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The top U.S. highway safety regulator, Mark Rosekind, last month said of self-driving cars: “We are literally seeing the future being created in front of us.” Uber Technologies Inc. and Ford Motor Co. this week proved Rosekind’s point. They announced plans to roll out autonomous vehicles and thus heightened a key question facing...
News Story
8/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
With two federal safety investigations already underway in the U.S., Tesla Motors could face scrutiny in China, as well, in the wake of an incident involving a Model S sedan operating in Autopilot mode. The crash last week was relatively minor – unlike the fatal accident in Florida on May 9 – but it raises questions about both the...
News Story
8/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — A spate of crashes involving Tesla cars equipped with Autopilot driver-assist software has emboldened consumer groups to push federal regulators to pump the brakes on rules governing self-driving vehicles. The safety advocates say the fatal accident involving a 2015 Tesla Model S with Autopilot engaged that occurred in May has...
News Story
7/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The US Center for Auto Safety, Consumer Watchdog and former National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) administrator Joan Claybrook have told NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind that "you inexcusably are rushing full speed ahead" to promote the deployment of self-driving robot car technology instead of developing adequate safety...