The Human Cost of Tesla Autopilot

On Sunday February 11th, 2024 The Dawn Project broadcasted a public safety message during Super Bowl LVIII demonstrating the dangers of Tesla’s self-driving software, highlighting how Tesla has endangered road users by allowing Tesla’s self-driving software to activate on roads where Tesla knows it could not operate safely, resulting in multiple fatalities.  The Dawn Project’s…

Keep Our Children Safe from Tesla Self-Driving

On Sunday 11 February 2024 The Dawn Project broadcasted a public safety message during Super Bowl LVIII demonstrating the dangers of Tesla’s self-driving software, highlighting how Tesla endangers schoolchildren by failing to address a critical safety defect in its self-driving software whereby Tesla’s self-driving software will overtake stopped school buses.  The Dawn Project’s Super Bowl…

Tesla deceives the public about the safety of their self-driving software with misleading statistics

In the nine months between March 2023 and December 2023 the cumulative miles driven by Full Self-Driving increased by 625 million miles – approximately 833 million miles per year. Full Self-Driving was covering approximately 2,082 miles per customer in this period. Data from the Federal Highway Administration shows that the average American drives 14,263 miles.…

Further information regarding Tesla Autopilot

Tesla Autopilot is “intended for use on controlled-access highways”, i.e. freeways, “with a fully attentive driver”, according to Tesla’s owner manual. However, recent tests conducted by The Dawn Project have revealed that Autopilot can be engaged and activated on roads it is not designed to be used on.  Video: Tesla Autopilot can be engaged on…

Tesla faked a demonstration of its self-driving software in 2016 and claimed it was real, misleading customers and investors

In October 2016, Elon Musk ordered his self-driving team to develop a slick demo video of a self-driving car driving a typical employee commute to Tesla headquarters.  In an email, Musk said, “Just want to be absolutely clear that everyone’s top priority is achieving an amazing Autopilot demo drive”. “Since this is a demo, it…

How can we trust Tesla’s safety statistics?

Tesla’s safety statistics are misleading. The company and its CEO, Elon Musk, deploy misleading statistics to claim their self-driving vehicles are safer than human drivers. The reality, however, is far less simple. We simply do not know how safe Tesla’s self-driving software is because Tesla refuses to tell us.  In essence, Tesla’s crash statistics misconstrue…

Tesla’s own statistics show that you are five times more likely to have an airbag crash using its self-driving software

In 2018, Tesla made the ostensibly transparent step to begin publishing quarterly safety data for its vehicles in order to demonstrate their safety. More recently, it has also released an annual “Impact Report“, which included data on drivers who use their Full Self-Driving (Beta) software. These data made available by Tesla have given a veneer…