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1/5/2017
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 Release
1/5/2017
CONTACT 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 Release
12/20/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A witness saw an Uber robot car drive through a red light in San Francisco three weeks ago and Consumer Watchdog today shared details of the incident with the Department of Motor Vehicles to help it prepare legal action against the renegade firm. Uber began offering rides with its self-driving cars without the required...
News Release
12/19/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Google violated the law and an earlier consent agreement when it forced a change in its privacy policy on users in a highly deceptive manner, without meaningful notice and consent. The Internet giant...
News Release
12/13/2016
CONTACT 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 Release
12/1/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Jamie Court
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
11/30/2016
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield, Adina Rosenbaum & David Rosen
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three of the nation’s leading consumer advocates have sued the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a federal district court in Washington, D.C., for failing to respond to a formal request that the agency require automakers to adopt advanced safety technologies that could prevent or limit the...
News Release
11/29/2016
CONTACT 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 Release
11/10/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to enact Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards covering autonomous vehicles, saying that a lack of enforceable performance standards covering the vehicles "threatens the safety of the nation's highways." In conjunction with...
News Release
10/27/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the Federal Communications Commission’s new broadband privacy rules enacted on a 3-to-2 vote as a major step toward protecting consumers’ online privacy, but added it is now necessary to extend protections to cover the rest of the Internet. “Today’s FCC action gives...