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News Release
3/8/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Uber today received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test its robot cars in the state and Consumer Watchdog warned that the cars should not carry passengers while still being tested. “When Uber illegally deployed its robot cars in San Francisco last year, the vehicles were observed...
News Story
3/8/2017
Posted by Connor
Uber’s self-driving Volvos are finally street-legal. Well, two of them are, anyway. The ride-hailing startup on Wednesday received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles that allows it to test two self-driving cars on public roads, a DMV spokeswoman said. The permit covers 48 drivers for the two cars. Uber says its self-...
News Story
3/2/2017
Posted by Connor
SAN FRANCISCO — In a surprising about-face, Uber said Thursday it will apply for the state permit needed to legally test its self-driving cars here — a step the company previously had refused to take. Uber’s move to work with state regulators comes nearly two months after the California Department of Motor...
News Story
2/23/2017
Posted by Connor
It sounds like the beginning of a bar room joke. Two self-driving cars are headed down the highway when the lead car decides to  speed up to avoid being rear-ended by the second. That car, in turn, slows down to avoid hitting the first. Then a third car suddenly comes between the two, prompting  the slower car to change lanes to avoid...
News Story
2/10/2017
Posted by Connor
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...
Video
2/9/2017
Posted by Connor
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 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
Posted by Connor
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
2/2/2017
Posted by Connor
Washington --The Federal Trade Commission will focus on fraud and be judicious in making paperwork requests when it opens an investigation into a company, acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said in a speech on Thursday. Ohlhausen called fighting fraud the "core of the FTC's consumer protection mission." "These cases may not...
Video
1/31/2017
Posted by Connor
As Uber returns to San Francisco after leaving due to violations of DMV regulations, Consumer Watchdog presses Mayor Ed Lee to closely monitor the renegade company.  In addition to flouting California law, Consumer Watchdog fears the infringement of privacy represented by Uber's recent move.