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Time to Take the Wheel. 

“With one hand they want to say how amazing self-driving technology is going to be, and how it’s all about safety. And on the other hand how impossible even the fundamental building blocks… are just next to impossible and will bankrupt them,” said Jason Levine, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety.

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The road ahead: What about regulation for self-driving cars?

Segarra: How are tech and car companies testing the safety of their self-driving modes?
Levine: They’re using you and me and everyone in your neighborhood as part of their experiment, quite frankly, they’re just putting them out on the road….That is obviously something that most people aren’t aware of, and no one really signed up for.

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In Tesla Autopilot Investigation, Federal Regulators Ask Other Automakers for Their Data

“Gathering data from multiple manufacturers should allow NHTSA to not only make comprehensive determinations about ADAS performance but also examine how vehicle marketing can contribute to the unsafe behaviors taking place on our roads,” says Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety.

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Are federal AV investigations a first step toward federal regulation? Not necessarily, experts say

Levine with the Center for Auto Safety said a regulatory approach “wouldn’t simply address Tesla’s use of automated advanced driver assist systems. It would address the entire universe of those features for anyone who introduces them into the marketplace, whether that be Waymo or Ford or GM or Tesla.”

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For Vehicle Safety, the Future is Now

“The best time to appropriately assign accountability regarding who will be held responsible if a car with a computer driver kills your loved ones, or a systemwide defect impacts an entire driverless fleet, is before the crash.”

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Congress resurrects push to allow thousands more autonomous vehicles on the road

“Throwing open the door to more unregulated testing and underregulated sales without a strong oversight mandate is no way to bolster diminished public trust in driverless technology.”

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Autonomous Vehicle Industry Faces Inconsistent Guidelines

“The reality is that no federal legislative or regulatory structure has been built around the testing or deployment of self-driving vehicles on public roads,” said Jason Levine, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety.

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Other statements:

Consumer Safety Groups Write NHTSA on Automated Vehicle Crash Data Collection Order. July 21, 2021
Center for Auto Safety Comment: NHTSA Fails the AV Test. August 31, 2020.
DOT Ignores Lawful Petition On Self-Driving Cars, Instead Chooses to Accept Whatever Table Scraps of Data Industry Chooses to Provide. June 15, 2020.
Center for Auto Safety Response to FCC comment request on Docket No. 19-138. March 5, 2020.
Center for Auto Safety comment on RFC on ADAS Test Procedures. March 5, 2020.
Center for Auto Safety Statement on White House and DOT “AV 4.0” Document. January 8, 2020.

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For Vehicle Safety, the Future is Now. TechCrunch. June 14, 2021.
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What airbag recalls can teach about driverless cars. Orlando Sentinel. February 26, 2020.

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Opinion: We need autonomous vehicle laws. The Detroit News. November 21, 2019.

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US Safety agency discussing Tesla camera replacements. Reuters. December 9, 2021.

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Tesla Risks Undermining Autopilot by Updating Without a Recall. Bloomberg. October 14, 2021.

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Senators Call for Investigation of Tesla’s Marketing Claims of Its Autopilot and ‘Full Self-Driving’ Features. Consumer Reports. August 18, 2021.


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