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Dan O’Dowd interviewed by GB News about his Tesla Roadster collection

Problems are piling up in Elon Musk’s empire, but the boss is undeterred. Some now see the eccentric multi-billionaire at the top as more of a liability than an asset. Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” software is immature and extremely dangerous, says O’Dowd. It drives the car “like a drunk teenager.” The billionaire has made this fight his mission.

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Dan O’Dowd Interviewed by Der Spiegel

Problems are piling up in Elon Musk’s empire, but the boss is undeterred. Some now see the eccentric multi-billionaire at the top as more of a liability than an asset. Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” software is immature and extremely dangerous, says O’Dowd. It drives the car “like a drunk teenager.” The billionaire has made this fight his mission.

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Why The Dawn Project is Now Calling for a Boycott of Tesla

Why The Dawn Project is Now Calling for a Boycott of Tesla The Dawn Project has conclusively proven that Tesla’s self-driving software will: Run down a child crossing the road Blow past a stopped school bus Ignore ‘Do Not Enter’ and ‘Road Closed’ signs Hit a baby in a stroller 90% of people agree that…

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Dan O’Dowd analyses Tesla Full Self-Driving’s safety claims

Tesla’s statistics on Full Self-Driving’s mileage show that customers are only using the software 14.6% of the time. In Tesla’s latest Q4 2023 earnings call, Elon Musk said that 400,000 customers were using Full Self-Driving. This is the same number that Tesla reported a year ago in its Q4 2022 update. In the nine months…

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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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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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Dan O’Dowd interviewed by Jim Anderton for Engineering.com

Founder of The Dawn Project, Dan O’Dowd, has recently been interviewed by The Primary Loop for Engineering.com to discuss the risks of hackable autonomous systems and how to ensure that they are safe. Dan’s interview was published on 5 November 2023, and can be found here. Dan discussed the vulnerabilities of code which is used…

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Omar Qazi (@WholeMarsBlog) Is A Pathological Liar

Omar Qazi is a pathological liar.  He cares nothing for the truth. He only cares about pumping up the value of his Tesla stock.  He makes up the most scurrilous lies from whole cloth and broadcasts them across the Internet to intimidate those who question Musk’s genius.

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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 Deceptive FSD Propaganda of Omar Qazi

Nobody can replicate @WholeMarsBlog’s zero-intervention Tesla Full Self-Driving drives. So we decided to investigate. It turns out Omar Qazi, the pathological liar, is lying to the public again, publishing cherry-picked propaganda videos, when he knows FSD will try to kill you.

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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 Featured In The Daily Express

Founder of The Dawn Project Dan O’Dowd has been featured in The Daily Express examining his ban from advertising on Twitter, following his viral advertisements on the platform. Dan’s feature was published on 10 July 2023 in The Daily Express, and can be found here. Elon Musk accused of censorship after Tesla critic BANNED from…

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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…

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Dan O’Dowd Interviewed On CNBC Discussing The Dangers Of Tesla Full Self-Driving After Viral Live Safety Tests Show Tesla Full Self-Driving Running A Stop Sign

Founder of The Dawn Project Dan O’Dowd was interviewed on CNBC discussing the dangers of Tesla Full Self-Driving after The Dawn Project’s live safety tests revealed that Tesla’s self-driving software will run a stop sign and almost cause a collision. Dan’s interview was broadcast on CNBC on 29 June 2023 and can be viewed here…

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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…

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Dan O’Dowd discusses how Elon Musk has deceived regulators and consumers over Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software in International Policy Digest

Dan O’Dowd discusses how Elon Musk has misled regulators into designating FSD as only a Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance System by rolling out a fleet of 400,000 fully autonomous vehicles, without any of the regulations and testing that should apply. Dan’s article was published in International Policy Digest, 7 June 2023, and can be…

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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…

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The Dawn Project’s Super Bowl Ad featured in The Washington Post

The Dawn Project’s Super Bowl Commercial demonstrating critical safety defects in Tesla Full Self-Driving has been featured in The Washington Post. The Washington Post’s article was published on 11 February 2023, and can be found here.   One of Tesla’s biggest critics is funding a Super Bowl ad against it Electric carmaker Tesla is facing…

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Does Tesla have the best engineers and engineering?

https://vimeo.com/781414353/48670a24c6Video can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Tesla Full Self-Driving ignores 'Do Not Enter' and 'Road Closed' signs and drives into a construction zone (https://vimeo.com/781414353/48670a24c6) If you were designing a Full Self-Driving car, would you schedule recognizing and obeying ‘Do Not Enter’ signs before or after sending it out to 160,000 Beta customers? What…

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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…

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The Dawn Project Publishes Full Page Ad In The New York Times Revealing That Tesla Full Self-Driving Software Will Repeatedly Hit A Child Mannequin In A Stroller

The Dawn Project has today published a full-page advertisement in The New York Times highlighting the dangers of Tesla Full Self-Driving after safety tests revealed that it will repeatedly hit a child mannequin in a stroller. The Dawn Project’s advertisement was published in The New York Times today, and can be seen here. The ad…

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Safety Tests Reveal That Tesla Full Self-Driving Software Will Repeatedly Hit A Child Mannequin In A Stroller

https://youtu.be/WZYZom-AYzkVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: The Dawn Project Safety Tests – Tesla Full Self-Driving and Strollers (Short) (https://youtu.be/WZYZom-AYzk) The Dawn Project’s latest safety tests reveal that Tesla Full Self-Driving will hit a child mannequin in a stroller. The safety tests were conducted in a public parking lot by The Dawn Project in…

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Dan O’Dowd Interviewed By The Times of London

Dan O’Dowd has been interviewed by The Times of London about The Dawn Project’s campaign to ban Tesla’s dangerous Full Self-Driving software. Read Dan’s interview below:   Tech billionaire wages war on ‘safety’ of self-driving Teslas Elon Musk has made many enemies but perhaps few are as determined as Dan O’Dowd. While the world’s richest…

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Dan O’Dowd interviewed by The Washington Post

Dan O’Dowd has been interviewed by The Washington Post about his campaign to ban Tesla Full-Self Driving and make computers safe for humanity. SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — When Dan O’Dowd had his midlife crisis, he bought two near-identical Tesla Roadsters, the first model the electric carmaker ever produced. This year, the 66 year-old tech entrepreneur…

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The Dawn Project Publishes Full-Page Ad In The New York Times Showing That Tesla Full Self-Driving Fails To Obey ‘Do Not Enter’ And ‘Road Closed’ Signs

The Dawn Project has today published a full-page advertisement in The New York Times highlighting the dangers of Tesla Full Self-Driving after safety tests revealed that it will repeatedly ignore and drive past ‘Do Not Enter’ and ‘Road Closed’ signs. The Dawn Project’s advertisement was published in The New York Times today, and can be…

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New Dawn Project Safety Tests Reveal That Tesla Full Self-Driving Fails to Obey ‘Road Closed’ and ‘Do Not Enter’ Signs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fazbz2LwqTkVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Tesla FSD Beta 10.12.2 and 10.69.2.2 fail to recognise 'Do Not Enter' and 'Road Closed' signs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fazbz2LwqTk) New safety tests conducted by The Dawn Project reveal that Tesla Full Self-Driving does not obey ‘Road Closed’ and ‘Do Not Enter’ signs, and finds that Elon Musk’s Full Self-Driving…

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New Dawn Project Safety Tests Reveals That Tesla’s Most Recent Full Self-Driving Software 10.69.2.2 Runs Down Moving Child-Sized Mannequin In Its Path

The Dawn Project recently conducted a safety test of the latest version of Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta 10.69.2.2, which found that it ran down a moving child-sized mannequin in its path. The test was conducted on a public road in Goleta, California, and corroborated The Dawn Project’s previous safety tests which found that Tesla Full…

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Twitter Contest

In honor of Elon Musk raising the price of his latest defective Full Self-Driving software 10.69.2 to $15,000, The Dawn Project is now offering a new prize of $15,000 to the first person who can demonstrate a current commercial product from a Fortune 500 company that when brand new malfunctions more than Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta software.

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Highlights of The Dawn Project’s October 2022 safety tests

In October 2022, The Dawn Project conducted a series of safety tests in Goleta and Santa Barbara, California, to test whether Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Software was safe for public roads. The tests revealed critical safety defects in Tesla Full Self-Driving, and showed that the software will run down a child mannequin, ignore ‘Do Not Enter’…

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Dan O’Dowd’s response to Tesla’s Cease and Desist letter

After launching a nationwide TV advertising campaign exposing potential dangers of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software, I received this Cease and Desist letter from Tesla. This is the most bizarre Cease and Desist letter I’ve ever seen. It’s mostly Tesla marketing propaganda and most of it appears to have been written by Elon Musk himself. It…

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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…

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Elon Musk reaches 100M Twitter Followers on his birthday

Today is Elon Musk’s 51st birthday. One of his birthday presents to himself is the milestone of having apparently reached 100M Followers on Twitter. In the past six months Elon’s Twitter Follower count has grown by 31M Followers, which is an average of 170,000 new Followers every day. To see how Elon has reached 100M…

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Dan O’Dowd comments in International Policy Digest regarding NHTSA’s report on autonomous vehicle crashes

Dan O’Dowd, Founder of The Dawn Project, commented in International Policy Digest following the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) report into incidents involving vehicles utilising advanced driver-assisted technologies (ADAS), and more specifically in relation to the data regarding crashes involving Tesla’s Full Self-Driving and Autopilot systems.

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What is the credibility and character of Warren Redlich?

Warren Redlich, one of Elon Musk’s most fervent disciples, recently published a vicious YouTube video containing a torrent of false accusations and invective about my intelligence, character, and motives. No doubt because I offended his faith by criticizing Elon Musk’s FSD! Let’s analyze this product of his intellect and character.

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Dawn Project Founder Dan O’Dowd interviewed by The Telegraph

Our Founder, Dan O’Dowd, was interviewed by The Telegraph about his ‘Tyrant Collection‘, the world’s most valuable collection of coins. A tech billionaire known as “the Tyrant” has finished the first coin collection spanning the entirety of English and British history, with an array of currency more complete than that of the Royal Mint. Coins…

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Don’t be a Tesla Crash Test Dummy

The Dawn Project is campaigning to ban unsafe software from safety critical systems, which could be targeted by military-style hackers to cause chaos to our society. Our first campaign is targeting Tesla full self-driving cars.

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Dan O’Dowd Comments On Russia Cyberattack Threat

Dan O’Dowd commented in UK newspaper City A.M. in relation to the potential threat of cyberattacks from Russia, which could cripple UK and US infrastructure. ““To cripple the UK, Putin does not need nuclear weapons,” explained cybersecurity expert Dan O’Dowd, who created the operating systems for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Fighter Jets, the Boeing B1-B Intercontinental Nuclear Bomber and…

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Why Understanding Technology Is the Key to Success

Long ago, someone asked Bill Gates why Microsoft was so successful. Gates replied that he found it odd that at his competitors’ key technology decisions were being made by the people who knew the least about technology, while the people who knew the most about technology had no say in key technology decisions. He called this technical inversion.

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