Dan O’Dowd is campaigning to make our roads safe by banning Tesla Full Self-Driving.
According to a Dawn Project study, about every 8 minutes, Full Self-Driving commits a Critical Driving Error, which according to the California DMV’s Driving Performance Evaluation is a major error such as:
- Making contact with an object when it could have been avoided
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
- Disobeying safety personnel or safety vehicles
- Making a dangerous manouver that forces others to take evasive action
Additionally, on average, about every 36 minutes of city driving, safety defects in the Full Self-Driving software cause a malfunction in the steering, braking, or throttle, that if not corrected by the driver would likely cause an accident.
Dan is specifically concerned at the speed at which Tesla Full Self-Driving is being brought onto the market. Software typically goes through a Beta testing phase in which it is made available to a chosen cohort. However, for Tesla’s Full Self-Driving technology, the Beta testing phase is taking place on public roads, relying on the quick reactions of drivers to prevent accidents caused by bugs in the software. These bugs have resulted in vehicles crossing double yellow lines and heading toward oncoming traffic, failing to stop for cars crossing the street, and steering toward metal posts and roadside objects.