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Dan O’Dowd interviewed by Fox Business about The Dawn Project’s Super Bowl LVIII Commercials

Founder of The Dawn Project Dan O’Dowd joined Liz Claman on Fox Business to discuss The Dawn Project’s recent Super Bowl LVIII commercials and the dangers of Tesla’s self-driving software. The Dawn Project recently broadcast two commercials during Super Bowl LVIII calling on consumers to boycott Tesla over the litany of safety defects in the…

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Euro NCAP safety tests paint a clear picture of Tesla’s self-driving systems – but not the one that Tesla likes to portray

Tesla supporters frequently point to Euro New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP)’s tests of Tesla vehicles to claim that Tesla vehicles are far safer than other manufacturers, and that Tesla’s active safety systems protect those around them. Elon Musk himself has relied on Euro NCAP’s testing videos, who gave the 2022 Tesla Model Y a five…

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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:…

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The Dawn Project’s safety tests of Tesla’s driver monitoring system published in Autoevolution

The Dawn Project’s most recent safety tests revealing that Tesla’s driver monitoring system will frequently fail to register the presence of a distracted driver and performs much worse than Ford and GM’s systems have been featured in Autoevolution. The Dawn Project’s tests were published in Autoevolution on 16 November 2023, and can be found here.…

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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…

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Dan O’Dowd discusses Tesla’s manipulation of the legal system in International Policy Digest

Dan O’Dowd, Founder of The Dawn Project, comments on Tesla’s manipulation of the legal system to defend its defective self-driving software, and to keep information about fatal crashes hidden, in International Policy Digest. This article was published in International Policy Digest on 9 November 2023, and can be found here. In 2019, Micah Lee’s Tesla…

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The Dawn Project’s tests of Tesla Full Self-Driving with US Congressman Salud Carbajal and California State Senator Monique Límon covered in Politico

Politico has covered Founder of The Dawn Project Dan O’Dowd’s ride-along with legislators, which revealed the dangers of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software. The Dawn Project’s ride alongs were covered on 9 November 2023 in Politico, and can be found here. Politico reported on Dan and The Dawn Project’s ongoing campaign to ban Tesla’s dangerous and…

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Tesla Full Self-Driving still fails to handle simple commute shown in Tesla’s 2016 promotional video lauding the software’s capabilities seven years later

Santa Barbara, CA – Safety Advocacy Group The Dawn Project has today published footage of Tesla Full Self-Driving failing to handle the simple “drive to work” showcased by Tesla in a 2016 video which falsely claimed to show the capabilities of its self-driving software.  In 2016 Tesla showcased a journey from a residential address in…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Dan O’Dowd interviewed by TechFirst about The Dawn Project’s safety tests of Tesla Full Self-Driving

Founder of The Dawn Project Dan O’Dowd was interviewed by veteran technology journalist John Koetsier for the TechFirst podcast, where he discussed The Dawn Project’s mission to make computers safe for humanity and the group’s latest safety tests of Tesla Full Self-Driving. Dan and John covered a wide range of events and themes relating to…

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