Ralph Nader Says Tesla's Full Self-Driving Is Irresponsible

Abdul Ghani

Ralph Nader calls for Tesla's fully self-driving system to be recalled. The US authorities should prevent people from being killed or injured. Consumer advocate and politician Ralph Nader consider Tesla's use of so-called Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology to be "one of the most dangerous and irresponsible measures taken by an automobile manufacturer in decades". In his short online statement, he did not write exactly what problems he saw.

Ralph Nader In Waterburry.Image by Wikimedia Creative Commons

Nader is one of the most influential critics of the automotive industry and published the book Unsafe at Any Speed ​​in 1965. In it, he listed numerous design weaknesses of cars, which led, among other things, to a number of laws being passed which, among other things, required bumpers to be at a certain height.

Tesla boss Elon Musk has been announcing for years that autonomous vehicles will soon be on the roads. Tesla has never kept to the schedule, but the company continues to work on the technology. A preliminary version of full self-driving can be used in current Teslas for an additional charge of 12,000 US dollars in order to be at least partially autonomous on the road. However, the drivers must always be alert and ready to intervene.

Nader on The Use of FSD

Nader called the use of FSD systems irresponsible and said Tesla should never have installed this technology in its vehicles.

He called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall FSD technology from all Tesla vehicles in circulation: "I urge federal regulators to act immediately to prevent the mounting death toll and injuries that are caused by Tesla-caused accidents using this technology," Nader wrote.

"Together, we must send an urgent message to [...] regulators that Americans must not be dummies for a powerful, high-profile company and its celebrity CEO."

In mid-June 2022, Musk said in an interview with the Tesla Owners Silicon Valley YouTube channel that Teslas have various software problems that he wants to fix - such as the web browser in the vehicle, which is currently too slow. "But the focus is on the development of autonomous driving," Musk said. "That's crucial. It's really the difference between Tesla being worth a lot of money and being worth virtually zero."

Tesla is threatened with trouble from various quarters

Meanwhile, the Californian traffic authority DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Teslas are not autonomous vehicles, the driver assistance systems are presented better than they are, the accusation was. It's about advertising statements on the Tesla website. These are said to have misled customers because the autopilot and full self-driving techniques are described as more powerful than they actually are, the DMV argues.

After a series of accidents, the US Transportation Administration NHTSA also expanded its investigation into Tesla's Autopilot. In some cases, the driver assistance system is said to have steered the cars into police and fire brigade emergency vehicles that were parked on the side of the road. In NHTSA parlance, technical analysis is a step prior to a possible recall. Alternatively, the agency can complete its investigation and decide that no recall is necessary.

The rear-end collisions involved collisions with fire and police vehicles with their blue lights on. A software update should solve the problem, it said last year. In February 2022, NHTSA made inquiries about phantom braking performed by Teslas for no apparent reason.

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