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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...
Consumer Watchdog Calls On SF Mayor Lee To Direct City Police To Monitor Uber’s Robot Cars As Vehicles Return; Asks Public To Note & Report All Violations By Renegade Company
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...
In “Midnight Action” NHTSA Ends Probe of Fatal Tesla Florida Crash by Accepting Company’s Propaganda
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 “...
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...
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...
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...
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on San Francisco police to impound Uber’s robot cars operating without a permit on city streets and asked City Attorney Dennis Herrera to file criminal charges against Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. California...
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-...
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...