Trump left a ‘massive’ traffic-safety mess for Biden. Item one: Tesla’s self-driving claims

“Dormant,” said Jason Levine, executive director at the Center for Auto Safety [when describing NHTSA under the Trump Administration].

By Russ Mitchell
February 4, 2021

Maybe you’ve seen this viral TikTok video: A young man lies in the back seat of his Tesla, covered in blankets, as the car cruises down the highway. The driver’s seat is empty.

If you haven’t, perhaps you’ve seen another like it. Videos of Tesla owners gleefully abusing the Autopilot system, a set of driver-assist technologies including adaptive cruise control, have become something of a genre across social media over the last few years, even as drivers have been killed while trusting it to operate their vehicles for them.

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