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News Release
4/4/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The credibility of autonomous vehicle policy issued last year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was completely undermined when former NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind announced he has taken a job with robot car developer Zoox, said Consumer Watchdog today. Consumer Watchdog called on the Senate to refuse to...
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.
News Release
1/30/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to ask Police Chief Bill Scott to have police closely monitor Uber’s activities as it brings its robot cars back on the city’s streets, claiming they will now only gather data and not be in self-driving mode. “Based on Uber’s past...
News Story
1/6/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Permits that only cost $150 are clearly worth taking the time to secure if this ends up being the alternative Inspired by Uber's illegal autonomous taxi launch in California, a San Francisco assemblyman is calling on the state to tighten self-driving rules. Democrat Phil Ting on Thursday introduced legislation that would increase penalties and...
News Release
1/5/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Uber to release information about testing its robot cars in Arizona after pulling them out of San Francisco and to answer 10 questions about its vision for self-driving vehicles. In a letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson...
News Story
1/5/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
California-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog publicly asked Uber to release test data surrounding its autonomous vehicle program and called on the mobility giant to go on-record regarding its plans to address several challenges currently faced by driverless technology. Consumer Watchdog believes Uber's choice to abandon its pilot program...
News Story
1/5/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A California lawmaker doesn’t want operators of self-driving vehicles sneaking their cars on the road without permission. Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco Thursday proposed fines as high as $25,000 per vehicle per day for any company testing self-driving vehicles on public roads without first obtaining a two-year, $150...
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1/5/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber moves its robot car testing to Arizona instead of getting the necessary permits to test them in California. Consumer Watchdog says Uber did it to avoid having to release its crash reports.
News Story
12/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Company insists traffic violations in San Francisco are the result of ‘human error’ by drivers who can take control if needed, but witness account contradicts this An autonomous Uber malfunctioned while in “self-driving mode” and caused a near collision in San Francisco, according to a business owner whose account raises...
News Release
12/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Uber is refusing to obtain required permits to test robot cars on San Francisco streets in order to keep test information secret and avoid public scrutiny, Consumer Watchdog said today. The Department of Motor Vehicles and the Attorney General have told Uber that the company must get permits or face legal action. A meeting...