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Op-Ed Commentary: Don’t Let Robot Cars Go Out Of Control On California Roads

Op-Ed Commentary: Don’t Let Robot Cars Go Out Of Control On California Roads

By Jamie Court, SPECIAL TO THE SACRAMENTO BEE

February 16, 2018

http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article200374179.html

Self-driving cars cannot yet drive themselves. This is the unmistakable conclusion of new data from the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

Californians Flood State Capitol to Oppose Offshore Drilling

Californians Flood State Capitol to Oppose Offshore Drilling

By Nick Cahill, COURTHOUSE NEWS

February 8, 2018

https://www.courthousenews.com/californians-flood-state-capitol-to-oppo…

SACRAMENTO (CN) – With the federal government plotting new offshore oil leases, California lawmakers and environmentalists have coalesced around a clear goal: Keeping big oil off California’s coastline.

Lobby Groups Spend Record $339 Million

Lobby Groups Spend Record $339 Million

By Patrick McGreevy, LOS ANGELES TIMES - SACRAMENTO WATCH BLOG

February 5, 2018

Fueled by activity from the oil industry attempting to influence the cap-and-trade debate, interest groups spent a record of more than $339 million lobbying California government officials last year.

The spending activity to influence elected officials and bureaucrats far exceeds the previous record of $314.7 million in 2015, new lobbying reports show.

Self-Driving Vehicles Put Through Paces

Self-Driving Vehicles Put Through Paces

American Center for Mobility near Detroit touts itself as offering 'perfect environment' for testing driverless, connected vehicles

By Eric D. Lawrence, DAYTON DAILY NEWS

February 2, 2018

The American Center for Mobility opened its first phase in December. It includes a 2.5-mile highway loop and 700-foot curved tunnel; the center notes that it offers four-season testing, day and night, in sun, rain, ice and snow.

Hyundai's False MPG Advertising

After receiving complaints from Hyundai owners across the country, in November, 2011 Consumer Watchdog challenged the US Environmental Protection Agency to audit Hyundai over the "40 Miles Per Gallon" MPG claims on the window sticker of its Elantra. On November 2, 2012, the EPA confirmed Consumer Watchdog's allegations, announcing that Hyundai and KIA would be required to change the false MPG window sticker claims on many of their vehicles, including Elantra.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Amazon's Alexa Can Now Control Your Microwave - And Will Soon Expand To Conventional Ovens

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Amazon's Alexa Can Now Control Your Microwave - And Will Soon Expand To Conventional Ovens

By Cheyenne MacDonald, THE DAILY MAIL UK

January 5, 2018

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5239777/Amazons-Alexa-co…

Amazon’s smart assistant can now add ‘cooking’ to its ever-expanding set of home skills.

How Paranoid Should You Be About Your Nosy Virtual Assistant?

How Paranoid Should You Be About Your Nosy Virtual Assistant?

By Rachael Myrow, KQED

January 4, 2018

https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2018/01/04/how-paranoid-should-you-be-about-y…

As many of us settle into the new year with virtual assistants like the Amazon Echo, Google Home or Microsoft Cortana, it’s worth asking: how much personal information are they picking up? Also, where does that information go?

UM Working To Stop Hackers Of Robot Cars

UM Working To Stop Hackers Of Robot Cars

By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS

January 4, 2018

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/mobility/2018/01/04/rob…

University of Michigan researchers working with the Mcity robotic-car testing facility have developed a tool to determine how vulnerable self-driving cars are to hackers who might want to take control of a car or lock its systems for ransom.

Consumer Groups Say 'NYT' Kids Supplement Should Be Ad-Free

Consumer Groups Say 'NYT' Kids Supplement Should Be Ad-Free

By Sara Guaglione, PUBLISHERS DAILY (MEDIAPOST)

December 28, 2017

https://mediapost.com/publications/article/312271/consumer-groups-say-n…

The New York Times will roll out a monthly print-only section for kids in 2018, but 10 national consumer groups say the Times should ban advertising from the section.

Self-Driving Vehicle Proving Ground Opens At Willow Run Near Detroit

Self-Driving Vehicle Proving Ground Opens At Willow Run Near Detroit

By Eric D. Lawrence, DETROIT FREE PRESS

December 18, 2017

https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2017/12/18/self-driving-cars-pro…

The launch of self-driving vehicle testing at the American Center for Mobility west of Detroit came with something that frequently confounds human drivers in Michigan — snow.