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News Story
1/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The push to bring self-driving cars to American roads got a significant boost on Thursday when the nation’s chief auto safety regulator essentially cleared Tesla Motors Inc.’s Autopilot system of fault in a fatal 2016 crash. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the owner of a Tesla Motors Inc....
News Story
1/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Drivers need to pay attention while driving, even as technology gradually takes over the task. That’s the message U.S. safety regulators delivered Thursday after closing an investigation into a fatal Tesla crash in Florida last year involving the vehicle’s Autopilot system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...
News Story
12/23/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Meanwhile Musk advances Autopilot advances Tesla Motors is bumping up its vehicles' prices in the UK by five per cent, purportedly because of currency effects post-Brexit. According to the business, that change will arrive as soon as 2017 does, because of "currency fluctuations". These fluctuations have seen the sterling drop in...
News Story
12/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Tesla Motors has been in the news lately for vulnerabilities in its mobile app, more injuries with Autopilot and the marketing of Autopilot. Mobile researchers were able to hack into the Tesla remote app. Promon found that lack of security in the Tesla smartphone app, cyber criminals could take control of the company’s vehicles, to the point...
News Release
12/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA, CA – A growing list of Tesla crashes demonstrates the urgent need to regulate the vehicles’ “Autopilot” feature, Consumer Watchdog said today, reiterating its call to the California DMV to act and for the company to disable the feature. Earlier this week a Tesla smashed into a construction barrier truck on the...
News Release
11/29/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has petitioned the California Department of Motor Vehicles to immediately start a formal rulemaking to expedite a proposed regulation banning misleading advertising that leaves the dangerous – and sometimes fatal – impression that a car is more capable of driving itself than is actually the...
News Story
11/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog wants rules limiting hype about self-driving cars Carmakers should be a bit more circumspect in their claims for self-driving cars, a California consumer group thinks. Consumer Watchdog wants the California Department of Motor Vehicles to ban misleading ads that leave the dangerous – and sometimes fatal...
News Story
11/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A California-based consumer advocacy group is urging the state's DMV to crack down on Tesla’s use of the words "autopilot" and “self-driving” in its marketing, saying the terms mislead consumers into believing the feature is safer than it actually is. In September, the California Department of Motor Vehicles issued...
News Story
11/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Department of Motor Vehicles put forth proposed regulations that would, in effect, prohibit Tesla from using the Autopilot name to market its vehicles. That was in September. Now, a consumer group is telling the DMV to get on with it.     Tesla uses the word Autopilot to describe its driver-assist...
News Story
11/13/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog continues to look out for automotive safety including the safety of self-driving cars. The advocacy organization is also committed to keeping track of the Trump adminstration. After the presidental election results were announced, Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court sent an email to subscribers, supporters and the media. He...