Dan O’Dowd explains why NHTSA’s Tesla recall of over 2 million vehicles does not go far enough

SANTA BARBARA, CA Software expert Dan O’Dowd, Founder of safety advocacy group The Dawn Project, has today commented on NHTSA’s recall of over two million Tesla vehicles, saying that the recall does not go far enough to address critical safety issues in Tesla’s self-driving software. Commenting on NHTSA’s recall, Founder of The Dawn Project Dan O’Dowd said:…

Safety Tests by The Dawn Project reveal that Tesla’s driver monitoring system frequently fails to register a distracted driver, and performs much worse than GM and Ford’s driver monitoring systems.

Santa Barbara, CA – New safety tests conducted by The Dawn Project have revealed that Tesla’s driver monitoring system consistently fails to register the presence of a distracted driver across a number of test scenarios. In tests, Tesla’s system also compared poorly to GM’s SuperCruise, and Ford’s BlueCruise driver monitoring systems. Video: The Dawn Project…

The Dawn Project video shows how to enable Autonomous Robotaxi mode in a ‘Full Self-Driving’ Tesla

Santa Barbara, CA – Public Safety Advocacy Group The Dawn Project has released footage showing that a Full Self-Driving Tesla can easily be turned into a driverless robotaxi with just a few household items. These everyday objects easily circumvent the vehicle’s driver monitoring system, which Tesla was forced to install in its vehicles to ensure…

Dawn Project video shows Tesla’s driver monitoring system is a sham, with videos of sleeping driver, teddy bear, and no one at the wheel, with no warnings from the Tesla

Santa Barbara, CA – The Dawn Project has today released safety test videos showing that a self-driving Tesla’s driver monitoring system will fail to detect when a driver texts, reads, watches movies or even falls asleep at the wheel. The car also does not recognise when a teddy bear, unicorn, or nothing at all is…

Founder of The Dawn Project Dan O’Dowd Implores Policymakers to Address Critical Safety Defects in Tesla Full Self-Driving as Congress Considers Legislation to Regulate Autonomous Vehicles

SANTA BARBARA, CA: Founder of The Dawn Project and secure software expert Dan O’Dowd has implored policymakers to ensure that legislation regarding autonomous vehicles prioritizes public safety. Dan O’Dowd is advocating for there to be standards that all autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles must meet, together with safety tests that they must pass, before they are…

Tesla deletes web page listing Full Self-Driving software’s limitations hours after The Dawn Project links to it in press release

Santa Barbara, CA – In a recent press release highlighting safety defects in Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software, safety advocacy group The Dawn Project linked to a page on the Tesla Model 3 manual on Tesla.com which described the software and listed its many limitations and safety defects. Within four hours of the press release being…

Twitter bans Dan O’Dowd from advertising after his concerns over the safety of Tesla Full Self-Driving go viral

Elon Musk’s Twitter has banned the top critic of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) software from promoting videos of critical safety defects in Tesla’s flagship software. The promoted tweets included videos of Tesla Full Self-Driving failing to stop at Stop signs, ignoring Do Not Enter signs, and running down lifelike child and Labrador mannequins. Twitter cited an unnamed “policy…

The Dawn Project demonstrates that Tesla’s driver monitoring system is a sham to deceive NHTSA – regulator demands detailed information from Tesla

SANTA BARBARA, CA – The Dawn Project has recently uncovered that Tesla’s driver monitoring safety system, which is supposed to check that the driver is paying attention to the road ahead, is defective and not fit for purpose. The system also fails to detect whether or not the driver has both hands on the steering…

The Dawn Project publishes dangers that Tesla Full Self-Driving cars pose to school children

Santa Barbara, CA – Public safety advocacy group The Dawn Project recently conducted safety tests in collaboration with former Tesla ADAS test operator John Bernal. The latest findings, which were streamed live, showed a Full Self-Driving Tesla blowing past a stopped school bus with its lights flashing and stop sign extended. It also drove past ‘Do Not…

Live safety tests conducted by The Dawn Project show Tesla Full Self-Driving running a stop sign in ride-along with major Tesla investor Ross Gerber

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Public safety advocacy group The Dawn Project recently conducted live streamed and recorded safety tests in collaboration with major Tesla investor Ross Gerber, revealing alarming safety defects in Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) software. The latest findings, which were streamed live, showed Tesla FSD drive through a stop sign and almost cause…

The Dawn Project and major Tesla investor to test Tesla Full Self-Driving in Santa Barbara on 22 June

SANTA BARBARA, CA, Public safety advocacy group The Dawn Project has announced an event in collaboration with renowned Tesla investor Ross Gerber, President and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management. On June 22, 2023, Ross will join Dan O’Dowd, Founder of The Dawn Project, to discuss AI/Autonomous driving system safety and tests of…

The Dawn Project Kicks Off Appeal to Politicians and Regulators to Ban Tesla Full Self-Driving with National Super Bowl Ad Campaign 

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Safety advocacy group The Dawn Project will broadcast a public safety message during Super Bowl LVII, outlining the critical safety defects of Tesla Full Self-Driving and the significant threat this software poses to road safety. The Super Bowl ad is the latest in a multi-million dollar advertising campaign The Dawn Project…

The Dawn Project condemns Elon Musk releasing Tesla Full Self-Driving software to all Tesla drivers in North America

SANTA BARBARA, CA Safety advocacy group The Dawn Project strongly condemns Elon Musk’s irresponsible release of Tesla Full Self-Driving software to all Tesla cars in North America, which comes in the wake of safety tests conducted by The Dawn Project that reveal critical safety defects in Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software. The Dawn Project is committed to making…

Dawn Project Safety Test Finds That Tesla Full Self-Driving Software Runs Down Child-Sized Mannequin in School Crosswalk

Following The Dawn Project’s previous safety test, which found that Tesla Full Self-Driving repeatedly collided with a child-sized mannequin in test conditions, the safety advocacy group ran the test again on public roads. This test, which was conducted on a public road outside a school in Santa Barbara, CA, corroborated The Dawn Project’s first safety…