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7/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO – Consumer Watchdog today called on Tesla to require, through a software update, that the driver’s hands remain on the steering wheel when Autopilot is engaged, and for the Obama administration to slow its push to deploy self-driving robot car technology.  The group also called on Tesla and other carmakers to accept...
News Story
7/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As automakers race to create cars that can drive themselves, a growing chorus of consumer advocates is demanding that the companies — and their federal regulators — slow down.   The fatal crash of a Tesla Motors Model S operating in its self-steering Autopilot mode has thrown the issue into sharp relief. Consumer Reports on...
News Story
7/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Tesla head Elon Musk says that an over-the-air software update could lead to 'significant improvements.' As a controversy around Tesla’s Autopilot feature continues to ramp up, chief executive Elon Musk is attempting to reassure owners that the partially autonomous system could receive “significant improvements.” After...
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7/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As automakers race to create cars that can drive themselves, a growing chorus of consumer advocates is demanding that the companies — and their federal regulators — slow down.
Video
7/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog has written a letter to President Obama urging his administration to stop attempts allowing autonomous vehicle technology on the roads in the wake of reports of a fatal crash involving Tesla’s autonomous system.
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7/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer groups are calling for the testing of autonomous technology with live humans on the road using the Tesla Autopilot to be stopped after the death of Joshua Brown.
News Story
7/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer groups are calling for the testing of autonomous technology with live humans on the road using the Tesla Autopilot to be stopped after the death of Joshua Brown. Consumer Reports warns that consumers should never be guinea pigs. Consumer Watchdog is spearheading several efforts including a white truck protest next week, a video, letter to...
News Story
7/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's and Chrysler's plans for their self-driving minivans Four consumer and safety advocacy groups wrote a joint letter to The White House asking President Barack Obama to stop allowing cars with self-driving capabilities on public roads. The letter comes after it was discovered that Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system was...
News Story
7/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (July 14, 2016) — A coalition of auto safety advocates has written President Barack Obama condemning the speed at which the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are approving the use of self-driving cars. “It is time to stop your administration’s undue haste to get...
News Story
7/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Autopilot was not the cause of an accident involving a Southfield art gallery owner earlier this month in Pennsylvania, according to Tesla Motor Inc. CEO Elon Musk. The head of the Palo Alto, California-based electric vehicle manufacturer tweeted Thursday afternoon that “Onboard vehicle logs show Autopilot was turned off” in Albert...