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Live safety tests conducted by The Dawn Project show Tesla Full Self-Driving running a stop sign in ride-along with major Tesla investor Ross Gerber

Tesla Full Self-Driving runs a stop sign in ride-along with major Tesla investor Ross Gerber during live safety tests

Public safety advocacy group The Dawn Project recently conducted live streamed and recorded safety tests in collaboration with major Tesla investor Ross Gerber, revealing alarming safety defects in Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) software. The latest findings, which were streamed live, showed Tesla FSD drive through a stop sign and almost cause a collision during a real-world test in Santa Barbara, CA.

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In response to Dan O’Dowd’s harsh criticisms of the dangers of Tesla Full Self-Driving, the investor Ross Gerber challenged Dan to a ride-along in Santa Barbara in his Full Self-Driving Tesla with the investor supervising. Ross Gerber offered to demonstrate the capabilities and safety features of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta software, in order to prove that The Dawn Project’s findings of critical safety defects in the software were erroneous, and that Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software is safe to be sold to the general public.

Prior to the tests, Founder of The Dawn Project Dan O’Dowd and Ross Gerber took part in a point-by-point debate which laid out their respective views on the necessary practical, technological and regulatory precautions to successfully develop autonomous driving systems. Their debate was live streamed on YouTube, and a full HD recording will be made available shortly.

Their debate continued during a test drive with the investor supervising his Full Self-Driving Tesla on a route he selected to demonstrate the capabilities and safety features of Tesla FSD’s latest version (11.4.4). The participants experienced the technology in real-world scenarios while debating the performance of the software and its safety features.

During the FSD Challenge, the software blew past a stop sign at 35mph, forcing the investor to slam on the brakes, narrowly avoiding a collision with an oncoming vehicle. A clip of the incident can be found here and below:

In his assessment of Tesla Full Self-Driving’s performance during the ride along, Dan O’Dowd commented: “The results of our leisurely drive corroborate The Dawn Project’s previous findings, which show that Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software sometimes does not register basic safety critical road signs. For months The Dawn Project’s safety tests have been disparaged by Tesla and its supporters in a concerted effort to discredit our campaign. We have highlighted these dangers for nearly a year, and rather than fixing them, Tesla has claimed that our tests are fake. My acceptance of this challenge was to demonstrate that our tests are genuine and my safety concerns are real. Were it not for the driver’s quick reaction in slamming on the brakes, FSD would have put us all in the hospital, turning our one hour leisurely drive into a tragedy. A product that tries to kill someone every hour should never be sold to consumers, let alone be allowed onto our public roads.”

To watch a recording of the live stream, please see here.

For a full compendium of The Dawn Project’s previous testing of FSD’s 11.3.6 and 11.4.4 versions conducted in June 2023, please see here.

An extended clip of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software blowing a stop sign at 35mph during Dan and the investor’s ride-along is available here.

The Dawn Project continues to test the latest version of Tesla Full Self-Driving and will publish the results of further safety tests over the coming weeks.

Dan O’Dowd is an entrepreneur and CEO with over 40 years’ experience in designing and writing secure, safety-critical software. Dan has built operating systems for the U.S. military’s fighter jets and some of the world’s most trusted organizations such as NASA, Boeing, and Airbus.

In 2021 Dan O’Dowd founded The Dawn Project, which campaigns to ensure all software in safety-critical infrastructure is secure and to make computers safe for humanity. The first danger The Dawn Project is tackling is Elon Musk’s deployment of unsafe Full Self-Driving cars on our roads.

The Dawn Project’s live ride-along was live streamed to tens of thousands of viewers via a Starlink Roamer on June 22 2023. A link to the livestream can be found here.

SOURCE The Dawn Project

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