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News Story
9/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — Uber’s decision to bring self-driving taxis to the streets of Pittsburgh this week is raising alarms among a swath of safety experts who say that the technology is not nearly ready for prime time. The unprecedented experiment will launch even though Pennsylvania has yet to pass basic laws that permit the testing of self...
News Story
9/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As Uber prepares to test a fleet of self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh, Consumer Watchdog is concerned that regulators are recklessly embracing autonomous technology Automotive industry stakeholders have touted autonomous cars as being much safer than human drivers. According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 94...
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
8/22/2016
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
8/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Just months after its public launch, the self-driving truck startup Otto has been purchased by the ride-hailing giant Uber for an undisclosed amount. According to a Bloomberg estimate, the deal could be valued at about $680 million. Uber, whose "anyone-can-be-a-cabbie" business model has already shaken up the taxi industry, is also...
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
8/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber Technologies Inc. expanded its push to develop self-driving cars on Thursday, announcing its acquisition of driverless truck firm Ottomotto LLC and a partnership with Volvo Cars, making Uber the latest U.S. company to accelerate the race toward offering a ride-sharing service powered by self-driving cars. Uber and Volvo will contribute...