Consumer Watchdog

14th February 2019

Driverless Cars Not Safe Enough For Public Roads, Tests Results Suggest

Autonomous technology is not safe for public highways according to a study by a consumer interests body. This comes following reports demanded by the California Department of Motor Vehicles...

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Group Wants Industry’s Anti-AV Legislation Push Quashed
10th December 2018

Group Wants Industry’s Anti-AV Legislation Push Quashed

A consumer rights group is calling for alleged efforts by the automotive industry to overturn California’s autonomous vehicle legislation to be forestalled nationally. Ahead of the US House of...

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Release Waymo’s Insurance Documentation, Pressure Group Tells DMV
16th November 2018

Release Waymo’s Insurance Documentation, Pressure Group Tells DMV

A pressure group has called for details of Waymo’s insurance for the 39 autonomous vehicles it is testing in California to be publicized. Anti-corporate consumer rights group Consumer Watchdog...

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16th July 2018

AVs Don’t Need to Be Regulated Yet, Car Safety Chief Says

President Trump's nominee to lead the NHTSA, Heidi King, believes the federal government should take a light touch when regulating autonomous vehicles for safety. Not everyone is convinced.

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14th June 2018

Tesla’s Musk Promises Autopilot Upgrade for August

Tesla could use some good PR right about now, leading CEO Elon Musk to Twitter to tell the world about an August Autopilot update.

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1st June 2018

Tesla Crash Raises Concerns Over Autopilot ADAS Feature

Two consumer watchdog groups have called on the California DMV to investigate Tesla's marketing practices related to its ADAS system Autopilot.

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5th April 2018

AV START Bill Under Fire Following Uber, Tesla Crashes

Following a pair of fatal crashes involving Uber and Tesla vehicles, US Sen. Richard Blumenthal and consumer advocacy groups are looking to bolster the safety and reporting standards of...

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20th March 2018

Fatal Uber Crash Spurs Call for Nationwide AV Test Ban

While a preliminary police report indicates Uber is not at fault in a crash that killed a woman in Arizona, advocacy groups are calling for an autonomous vehicle test...

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14th February 2018

Consumer Group Slams US Senate’s Autonomous Vehicle Bill

This week, Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to the US Senate arguing that self-driving and autonomous vehicles still lack significant safety features. The group noted the number of times...

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23rd January 2017

Weekly Brief: Tesla Autopilot cleared of causing fatal crash

While many thought the EV carmaker would get a public rebuke for its autonomous function, NHTSA gave it a ringing endorsement. Andrew Tolve reports. After a nine-month investigation into...

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5th December 2016

Weekly Brief: VW launches Moia as ‘mobility’ brand

German carmaker’s assault on mobility market begins with its 13th standalone bonnet badge while European manufacturers join forces to invest in EV infrastructure. Paul Myles and Andrew Tolve report....

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19th September 2016

Weekly Brief: Autopilot ‘cover-up’ death casts pall over Tesla

In January, a 23-year-old man driving his dad's Tesla down a highway in the Hebei province of China slammed into a stationary street sweeper and died. The car's Autopilot...

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