Man Vehicle safety standards have changed forever in America delivered a new message to Elon Musk and Tesla’s self-driving car technology: He thinks it’s dangerous and regulators should step in.
Musk has touted self-driving cars as the next big thing for years, saying in 2015 that self-driving vehicles would be on the road. Within two years. Although that timeline has yet to materialize, Musk has not given up on his dreams, nor has his ambitions ignited. In May 2022, he announced that fully self-driving cars (FSD) should be available at the same time next year.
But Musk’s big goal is to accelerate the rollout of self-driving cars not without controversy. Now, Ralph Nader, four-time presidential candidate and one ancestor of modern vehicle safety standardsclarified his views on FSD vehicles.
Nader called Tesla’s use of the FSD system in his cars “one of the most dangerous and irresponsible acts by an auto company in decades” and that Tesla “should never have put the this technology into my car”. statement released on Wednesday on its personal website.
He also urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall FSD technology from every Tesla vehicle in circulation.
“I urge federal regulators to act immediately to stop the growing number of deaths and injuries from Tesla manslaughter accidents using this technology,” he wrote.
Tesla did not immediately respond Luckrequest comment.
A powerful enemy
Nader has long been one of the most influential figures in the American auto industry.
He has been both a celebrity and a patron of car manufacturers since 1965, when he published his best-selling book. Unsafe at all speedstakes a harsh look at the auto industry and its refusal to implement and recommend safety features like seat belts, airbags and anti-lock brakes.
Nader’s book calls for more government oversight of manufacturers and stricter regulation of vehicle safety standards, ultimately. lead to the formation of of the federal agency that would become NHTSA, a group that describes mission such as “saving lives, preventing injuries and reducing the economic costs of road traffic accidents.”
For his contributions to vehicle safety, Nader even introduce inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2016.
Controversy about self-driving cars
Despite the delays in bringing self-driving cars to market, Musk still believes the technology will become an important part of Tesla’s business.
“The biggest focus is on solving the problem of fully self-driving,” Musk said in a statement interview June last year. “It’s a necessity, and that’s really the difference between a Tesla worth a lot of money and essentially zero value.”
But Nader’s criticism of autonomous vehicles is just the latest in a string of doubts and setbacks for Tesla’s FSD ambitions, as owners have reported the vehicles are already known. brake on the highway for no reasonwhile others say the cars have sensor is faulty causing them to suddenly stop and misidentify the object on the road.
Tesla’s self-driving cars have become the subject of NHTSA investigation since last year, when the agency opened a “Preliminary assessment“More than 11 accidents were reported due to Tesla vehicles equipped with Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control features. The accident injured 17 people and killed one woman.
Last June, the agency upgraded its investigation to “technical analysis”, which will open the company and Autopilot system to a higher level of monitoring. At the time, NHTSA said it was investigating 35 crashes that occurred with Autopilot involved, including nine fatalities that resulted in 14 deaths, New York Times reported. The agency clarified that it has not confirmed whether these crashes are directly the result of Autopilot defects.
Also in June, NHTSA announced that they received 400 incident reports in the past 10 months involved vehicles with FSD systems, of which 273 were Teslas.
In his statement, Nader called on the public to join the government and called for stricter regulation of the use of FSD in Tesla vehicles.
“Together, we need to send an urgent message to casualty-minded regulators that Americans must not become experimental dummies for a powerful, famous corporation and famous CEO. its. No one is above the law of manslaughter,” he wrote.
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