The Dawn Project’s latest safety tests reveal that Tesla Full Self-Driving will repeatedly drive around stopped school buses with their stop sign arm extended and lights flashing, and fails to obey school zone speed limits.
The safety tests were conducted on public roads by The Dawn Project in Santa Barbara, California in October 2022, using the latest version of Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta software available at the time of testing, Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta 10.69.2.2.
The testing found that Tesla Full Self-Driving will repeatedly drive around stopped school buses with their stop sign arm extended and lights flashing, even when children are getting on or off the school bus.
The Dawn Project’s testing also found that Tesla Full Self-Driving does not identify variable school zone speed limits, and does not slow down to the correct speed limit when children are present.
On each run, the internal camera shows the viewer that Full Self-Driving is clearly engaged. An LED flashlight was illuminated to clearly show that the accelerator pedal was not pressed during each of the safety tests. Please note that the LED flashlight created a strobe effect with the in-car camera, which causes it appear to flash on the camera.
During the above tests, the only error message shown on the Tesla’s display reads: “Supercharging Unavailable: Add a payment method to your Tesla account”.
The Dawn Project’s safety tests confirm previous findings that Tesla Full Self-Driving represents a potentially lethal threat to child pedestrians. Our tests were conducted in real world driving scenarios on public roads, highlighting further the immediate and real danger posed to child pedestrians by Elon Musk’s dangerous and defective Full Self-Driving software.