Consumer Watchdog Group Targets Uber

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In the midst of Uber Technologies self-driving cars increasingly inhabiting Pittsburgh traffic, a nonprofit advocacy organization called on the company to make details public about their autonomous vehicles and answer questions about its program's plans.

In a letter to Uber, Consumer Watchdog asked 10 questions and requested four commitments regarding information relating to reports and data on all self-driving cars in Pittsburgh and any crashes that occur with them.

"You have opted to use public roads as your laboratory and with that comes a responsibility to fully disclose exactly what you are doing both when things go right and when they inevitably go wrong," wrote Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John Simpson.

Consumer Watchdog, based in California, stated in the letter that Pennsylvania does not have regulations on the testing of autonomous vehicles, unlike other states. Therefore they ask for Uber's full disclosure.

As of January, only eight states and Washington D.C. enact legislation relating to self-driving cars, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Christine Manganas covers technology and energy for the Pittsburgh Business Times.

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