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News Release
10/11/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Revised regulations formally proposed today by the California Department of Motor Vehicles covering deployment of robot cars and testing of self-driving cars without steering wheels weaken safety protections because they wrongly rely on nonexistent federal safety standards, Consumer Watchdog said. The nonpartisan,...
News Release
9/28/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – An autonomous vehicles bill introduced today in the U.S. Senate follows the dangerous route chosen by the House of Representatives when it rushed to pass a bill that threatens highway safety and leaves a regulatory void rather than enacting necessary protections and safety standards, Consumer Watchdog warned today. The...
News Release
9/12/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The new Federal autonomous vehicle policy released today poses a threat to highway safety, Consumer Watchdog warned and the nonpartisan nonprofit group called for the enactment of enforceable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards specifically covering self-driving cars. Dubbed a “Vision for Safety 2.0” and...
News Release
9/12/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The National Transportation Safety Board’s finding that Tesla’s Autopilot shares the blame for a fatal crash with a truck in Florida last year underscores the need for Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards covering automated driver assistance technologies, Consumer Watchdog said today. The NTSB’s...
News Release
9/6/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- A bill covering autonomous vehicles that the House of Representatives rushed to pass today threatens highway safety and leaves a regulatory void rather than enacting necessary protections, Consumer Watchdog warned today. The bill, passed on a voice vote, under rules to expedite consideration, was being touted in some quarters...
News Release
8/21/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today backed a proposed city ordinance that would ban self-driving robot cars from the streets of Chicago unless the federal government enacts enforceable safety standards for autonomous vehicles. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group added that testing autonomous vehicles would be appropriate...
News Release
7/27/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog warned that a bill approved today by the House Commerce Committee that would pre-empt state autonomous vehicle safety regulations would leave a regulatory void without meaningful safety protections. “Pre-empting the states’ ability to fill the gap left by federal inaction on safety standards leaves...
News Release
7/19/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on California’s seven members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to block proposed federal legislation that would undo California’s ground-breaking safety regulations covering the testing of autonomous vehicles. The House bill is being considered today the Subcommittee on...
News Release
7/11/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to promptly adopt enforceable federal safety standards covering self-driving autonomous vehicles and warned that if the federal efforts stall, states must act immediately to fill the void and protect consumer safety. “No federal or state...
Video
1/31/2017
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.