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12/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
With Uber’s self-driving cars now on the streets of San Francisco, the enforcement of traffic violations is in the hands of The City’s Police Traffic Company, which was unaware Wednesday morning that the vehicles began roaming city streets that day. Meanwhile, some are demanding San Francisco police impound the self-driving fleet for...
News Story
12/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — In a challenge to state authority, Uber is refusing to seek a permit for the self-driving cars it rolled out in San Francisco on Wednesday, prompting California regulators to immediately attempt to shut down the program. The Department of Motor Vehicles, which regulates the use of autonomous vehicles on the state’s...
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...
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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 Story
9/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A new law signed yesterday by Gov. Jerry Brown will subject Uber and Lyft drivers to tougher security screening. But the measure doesn't take background screening to the depths faced by taxi drivers in the city of Los Angeles, where fingerprint-based checks against California Department of Justice and FBI databases are mandated for...
News Story
9/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber has started to integrate self-driving Volvo XC90 cars into its Pittsburgh ride-hailing fleet this month, a noticeably large leap for a company that only started to work on autonomous cars last year. Public interest group Consumer Watchdog is one of the many with eyebrows raised, and has called on Uber to be as transparent as possible with...
News Story
9/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The free rides in self-driving cars that Uber began offering in Pittsburgh Wednesday wouldn’t be allowed in California. In Michigan, legislators are considering changing a law that requires a safety driver to be behind the wheel of self-driving vehicles to handle unexpected or emergency situations. A Chicago alderman wants to ban them...
News Story
9/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber can continue to offer rides in its fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh without further permits as long as the trips remain free, according to a statement Thursday from the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission. The ride-sharing giant started offering rides in its self-driving Ford Fusions on Wednesday. The rides are free “for now,...
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9/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/robotcar - Tell Obama to SLOW DOWN the rush to robot cars on our roads.