First . . .Yes, I support forcing Tesla to change its “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving” names. They are misleading, provide false confidence and contribute to crashes, injuries, and deaths. As a matter of fact, I believe their program should be shut down. Or, at the very least, a moratorium put in place while NHTSA investigates. After all there is plenty of information out there to do so. And it would be easy to use a Tesla car to duplicate enough scenarios to do so as well.

Now that we have that out of the way. Changing the names is the…

Here is a link to the Tesla process —

Just two days after writing my earlier article on the process creating or certifying Kamikaze drivers (see below) the reckless Tesla community went above and beyond to prove it. To get a good score they are driving dangerously. That includes running red lights and near misses of pedestrians and cyclists.

Some Twitter proof

More on my POV here. Including how to do this right.

Tesla “Autopilot” “Safety Score” is Creating Better Kamikaze Drivers


NHTSA should impose an immediate “Autopilot” moratorium and report initial investigation findings in 30…

Here is a link to the Tesla process —

There are five areas of this test: Forward Collision Warnings per 1,000 Miles, Hard Braking, Aggressive Turning, Unsafe Following and Forced Autopilot Disengagement. Separate of “Autopilot” use the first four have value. However, they are being used here for mostly sinister and devious purposes, not to make these drivers or the public safer. Yes, they are meant to discover unsafe human drivers but primarily for the purposes of allowing them to be human Guinea pigs and to be more effective ones to test the next version of “Autopilot”. (If it…

NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy appeared on this week’s Autonocast — — where she stated “we have done all we can do” with respect to Tesla’s “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving” performance with regard to the crashes is has had and the people it has injured or killed. That is factually incorrect. The NTSB has not done anywhere near what it can and should do. While it has rightly pushed back on Tesla for its misleading capability naming, it has ignored automatic emergency braking issues and in tandem, Tesla’s issues with stationary and crossing objects. It also believes “driver monitoring” is…

The link to the magazine —

The following quote comes from the opening editorial by Bill Visnic the Editorial Director. It is entitled “Fool Self-Driving II”. In it he not only states I have shown and awareness for and preparation for the future, but NHTSA should listen to me.

Mr. DeKort, who just joined SAE International’s task force considering new revisions to the J3018 Standard (Safety-Relevant Guidance for On-Road Testing of SAE Level 3, 4, and 5 Prototype
Automated Driving System (ADS)- Operated Vehicles), may not be the last word on Tesla’s software, but in my experience his…

NHTSA recently announced it was investigating the twelve Tesla “autopilot” crashes into emergency vehicles in the United States. While this could wind up being a critical paradigm shift from enabling these issues, it could also make things far worse. Having said that, it does seem it has to do something, or it would not have isolated emergency vehicles from every other crash it is already investigating.

Questions, Observations and Concerns

Why did NHTSA feel the need to isolate the investigation to emergency vehicles?

NHTSA was already investigating many of the other Tesla AP/FSD crashes in the US. To date at…

The president of Toyota restarted the driverless shuttle at the Paralympic events but only after disabling the autonomous systems ability to accelerate or brake. And he stated that these systems are nowhere near ready for public roads. Keeping in mind that he was using a poor performing slow speed event shuttle to make that point. (And again, the press doesn’t include AEB failure in the article.)

How much does it matter a disabled person was hit? Probably nothing given at least 10 people have been killed by these systems needlessly. One being a teenager. Will the first death of child…

I would normally include a reference article from the press. Only NONE of them caught this. All they could focus on was Elon saying he is not happy with how the last release worked.

Here is the exact Tweet from Elon

FSD Beta 9.2 is actually not great imo, but Autopilot/AI team is rallying to improve as fast as possible.

We’re trying to have a single stack for both highway & city streets, but it requires massive NN retraining.

That second part is the real issue. Seems to me it says they used two stacks to split urban and…


Tesla’s “Autopilot” and associated Automatic Emergency Braking System is so dangerous and widespread, NHTSA should impose an immediate moratorium while they conduct the broader investigation.

Quick Investigation

The reason the investigation should be quick, is that the design and development approach flaws are obvious and systemic. As such it should not take more than a couple weeks to conduct the investigation. Should it take longer than this, as previous investigations are taking over a year now, someone needs to ask NHTSA why. Is there a legitimate reason or are they stonewalling? …

Forcing Tesla to Change the “Autopilot” Name is a Disingenuous Band-Aid

Of course, the “Autopilot” and “Full-Self-Driving” names should be changed because they are factually incorrect, misleading, unethical, immoral and have led and will lead to more people being harmed.





If we changed the names “Hari-kari” or “Kamikaze” in World War II it may have save a couple lives. But would it really matter?

The real problem is we are


Michael DeKort

Systems Engineer, Engineering/Program Management -- DoD/Aerospace/IT - Autonomous Systems Air & Ground, FAA Simulation, UAM, V2X, C4ISR, Cybersecurity

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