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NHTSA Wrong To Say Computers Count As Drivers Of Robot Cars, Consumer Watchdog Says; Google’s Own Data Shows Human Drivers Are Needed Behind Wheel
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is wrong to say the artificial intelligence guiding an autonomous robot car counts as the driver, Consumer Watchdog said today, adding that Google’s own test data demonstrates the need for a human driver who can take control when necessary. “Google says its...
Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog explains how oil companies purposefully kept gas supplies low in California to drive prices, and their profits, up artificially.
Consumer Watchdog Report Finds Oil Refiners Rigged Imports and Exports To Inflate CA Gas Prices In 2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog delivered a report today to a state panel finding that California’s largest oil refiners calibrated imports and exports of gasoline to artificially inflate gasoline prices during the first nine months of 2015, when gas prices were consistently $1 per gallon higher than the nationwide average. The report...
Gouging by oil companies could be one reason California drivers pay about 76 cents more for a gallon of regular gas than motorists elsewhere in the nation, a state government panel was told by Consumer Watchdog on Monday.
Consumer Watchdog accused America’s two largest oil companies — Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. — of deliberately starving California’s gasoline market of supplies last year in a bid to push up prices.
Obama Administration Doubles Down On Fight Against Opioid Abuse With $1.2 Billion In Proposed New Funding
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – President Obama proposed another $1.2 billion in federal funding to raise the ante in the fight against opioid abuse, including funds to expand the use of state prescription drug databases. A California bill would implement this prevention strategy by requiring physicians to check California’s prescription drug...
Consumer Watchdog's John M. Simpson explains why robot cars need a licensed driver in the car with the option to override the driverless system.
Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director John M. Simpson says the need to require a licensed driver behind the wheel is obvious after a review of the results from seven companies that have been testing robot cars since September 2014.
CONTACT Cody Rosenfield & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Tesoro, the state’s second largest refiner, reported today that 2015 was its best year ever for refining in California. Based on an analysis of the company’s annual filing, Consumer Watchdog has found that in 2015 the company made $1.9 billion in California alone- their best year ever by over a billion dollars. The...
Watchdogs Petition PUC For Open Investigation On Porter Ranch Leak; Decry Secrecy & Question Lack of Transparency
CONTACT Jamie Court & Charles Langley
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog and the law offices of Aquirre & Severson petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission for an open investigation into the Porter Ranch leak, including the immediate release of key documents and a PUC meeting in Los Angeles within 10 days to discuss the petition. “The CPUC has failed to...