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News Release
3/27/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – A crash involving an Uber robot car in Arizona shows the need for Uber to take the Safe Autonomous Vehicles (SAVe) Campaign pledge and agree to accept responsibility when one of its self-driving cars causes a crash, Consume Watchdog said today...
News Release
3/20/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson

    SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today petitioned the California Attorney General to investigate Amazon, the gargantuan online retailer, for misleading consumers by often leading them to believe they are getting deals with discounted prices,...
News Release
3/10/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – New 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, Consumer Watchdog said. It called for...
News Release
3/8/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA. – Uber today received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test its robot cars in the state and Consumer Watchdog warned that the cars should not carry passengers while still being tested. “When Uber illegally...
News Release
2/16/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson

  SANTA MONICA, CA – Five public interest groups have joined in proposing 10 key steps to the Federal Trade ​Commission that they said the agency must take to ensure the FTC adequately protects consumers. In a letter to Acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen...
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...
News Release
1/19/2017
Posted by 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 “...
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...
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...
News Release
12/20/2016
Posted by 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...