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News Story
12/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
From in its inception, Uber does not follow the law and instead tries to create its own rules. This time, Uber appears to have gone to far, testing self-driving cars without a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles bringing a statement from the DMV as well as objections from Consumer Watchdog. Self-driving testing of cars by Uber...
News Story
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...
Video
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.
Video
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 Release
12/13/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s new name for its robot car division, “Waymo,” fits, Consumer Watchdog said today, because it reminds us that we must know “way more” about robot cars and the serious policy issues they raise before self-driving cars can be safely deployed. In announcing the new stand-alone robot car...
News Story
12/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A key issue is emerging in the development of self-driving cars: In order to make sure the technology works, should developers be sharing with the government the data they collect in road tests? Having each developer go it alone could add years to the process, while exchanging information could speed development. Even though the cars on the road...
News Release
10/24/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google increased its 2016 third-quarter federal lobbying spending 4.2 percent to $3.81 million from $3.65 million in the comparable 2015 period, but fell to second place in lobbying expenditures among 16 technology and communications companies tracked by Consumer Watchdog. AT&T took the lead as its spending soared more...
News Story
9/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit consumer interests group, has urged President Obama and his administration to delay any regulation regarding autonomous vehicles. In a letter to the president, the consumer advocacy group claims newly discovered documents reveal an inappropriate relationship between Google and the feds. The letter claims emails from...