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Leading Expert in Tesla’s Tech Defects Urges Quick Justice Department Action to Protect At-Risk Motorists – Legal Reader

The group is advocating for Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software to be removed from the roadways until it’s fully tested and passes extensive safety protocols.
The Justice Department’s just revealed probe into Tesla’s controversial driver-assist features is long overdue, but it could present the best hope yet for banning this defective and dangerous software that’s been linked to scores of crashes  and fatalities, according to the safety advocacy group The Dawn Project.
The DOJ investigation, formally disclosed by Tesla yesterday in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, has been rumored for months and is reported to be criminal in nature.
“For more than a year, we have been documenting the serious failures of Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving software, warning the public about their dangers, and urging government policymakers and regulators to act quickly and decisively to get it off the public roads,” says Dawn Project Founder and safety-critical software CEO Dan O’Dowd.
“Multiple investigations by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration have been going on for years, with no result, putting us all at risk,” he says. “This software is in hundreds of thousands of vehicles on our roads. America’s motorists  and pedestrians did not sign up to serve as crash-test dummies for Tesla.”
A new law in California – home to more Tesla cars than any other state – bans Tesla from using the Full Self-Driving name for its driver-assist feature and advertising its vehicles as fully self driving. Action at the federal level is essential to  extending that kind of protection throughout the nation and should be a top priority, in The Dawn Project’s view.
The group is advocating for Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software to be removed from the roadways until it’s fully tested and passes extensive safety protocols.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Crash test dummies Vince and Larry (Katelyn Smith, in the gray suit and Rae Reeves in the blue suit),(U.S. Air Force photo/Craig Denton).The Dawn Project’s own testing of Tesla’s software revealed critical safety defects, allowing Teslas equipped with the software to:
Run down a child mannequin in a crosswalk
Hit a child mannequin in a stroller
Overtake stopped school buses unloading passengers
Speed in school zones
Ignore “Do Not Enter” and “Road Closed” signs
Fail to stay in its lane and swerve into oncoming traffic
A full summary of that testing, along with videos is available at
About Dan O’Dowd: CEO of Green Hills Software, Dan is an engineer, entrepreneur, CEO, and expert in safety-critical software and cyber security. He has over 40 years of experience designing and writing the operating systems for hundreds of the world’s most safety-critical computer systems. In 2021, Dan founded The Dawn Project, with the mission of ensuring all software in safety-critical infrastructure is secure and reliable. Now the Dawn Project is leading a campaign for a safer country by calling out Tesla’s’ Full Self-Driving cars.

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