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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.
News Release
1/30/2017
CONTACT 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 Release
1/19/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – In a last minute action by the outgoing administration, the National Highway Traffic Administration today ended its probe of the fatal crash of a Tesla in Florida last May by wrongly blaming the driver instead of the car’s “Autopilot” technology, Consumer Watchdog said. “NHTSA has wrongly accepted...
News Release
1/12/2017
CONTACT Jamie Court & John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Advocates today called on President-elect Donald J. Trump to make General Motors CEO Mary Barra his first firing and remove her as co-chairman of the newly created Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation (ACAT). In a letter to Trump, Jamie Court, president of Consumer...
Video
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
12/21/2016
CONTACT 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...