Automated/Driverless Vehicles

Tesla accidents with Smart Summon feature draw NHTSA’s attention

Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, told Automotive News in an interview that he’s concerned Tesla tried to “insulate themselves from liability” by including — in the software release notes — that Smart Summon is only intended for use in private parking lots and driveways. According to data …

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Tesla owners post videos of accidents, near misses while using new Smart Summon feature

“Tesla’s continued use of the intentionally misleading and factually inaccurate term ‘full self-driving’ speaks to the company’s only concern: keeping their brand in the news and staying ahead of their next quarterly earnings report,” Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, said in an emailed statement to …

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Self-driving carmakers urge regulators to whiff the steering wheel out the window

Safety advocates are urging the NHTSA to take its time in deliberating these changes. For example, the Center for Auto Safety “strongly question[s]” the NHTSA’s decision to prioritize these rule changes considering self-driving cars are still in their “infancy and quite likely decades away from widespread practical utility.” The federal …

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Consumer Alert: Regulators and Tesla don’t see eye to eye on safety ratings

Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, says the news is “disturbing, but unfortunately, not particularly surprising…When we see NHTSA having to issue a cease-and-desist letter to stop them from way overstating the safety features of their vehicle, it’s really unfortunate and it’s rather discouraging of how …

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GM, Lyft, Waymo want to be allowed to remove driver controls on autonomous cars

The Center for Auto Safety, a Washington-based consumer advocacy organization, said it remains “skeptical” about companies testing vehicles without manual controls, citing “there is no demonstrable evidence” that the vehicles “can safely operate on (and off) America’s roads.” General Motors and Alphabet’s Waymo are among the companies encouraging federal safety regulators to swiftly, yet safely, …

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