I told you Tesla was only the most egregious — BMW driverless vehicle under test kills 1 and injures 9 in Germany

Michael DeKort
3 min readAug 16, 2022

Reference article — Germany: 1 dead, 9 injured after test car veers into traffic https://apnews.com/article/technology-germany-8a2333532b91635d5b214485043ed94a?s=09&

It appears a driverless BMW under test was involved in a tragic accident. It veered into traffic killing 1 and injuring 9. BMW said the system was L2 and not driverless. No information on what the driver may or may not have been doing beyond that.

Coincidentally, I recently posted an article explaining Tesla is only the most egregious and incompetent offender when it comes to using an untenable development and test approach to create a driverless vehicle, why that is, and why the others will follow only with less people needlessly injured and killed. I also explained the reason why the rest of the industry is going after Tesla.

The same folks who now rail against Tesla thought they were a shining star and don’t know or care they are only the worst of the bunch

https://imispgh.medium.com/the-same-folks-who-now-rail-against-tesla-thought-they-were-a-shining-star-and-dont-know-or-care-332b041d0959

(I should note that Uber/Volvo killed Elaine Herzberg in 2018)

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

SAE Autonomous Vehicle Engineering magazine editor calling me “prescient” regarding my position on Tesla and the overall driverless vehicle industry’s untenable development and testing approach — (Page 2) https://assets.techbriefs.com/EML/2021/digital_editions/ave/AVE-202109.pdf

Tesla “autopilot” development effort needs to be stopped and people held accountable

· https://medium.com/@imispgh/tesla-autopilot-development-effort-needs-to-be-stopped-and-people-arrested-f280229d2284

Tesla upgrading cameras and putting radar back? I thought the system was enough to get to L4? This is admitting incompetence and negligence, especially to NHTSA

· https://imispgh.medium.com/tesla-upgrading-cameras-and-putting-radar-back-96368435daee

NHTSA and Tesla back themselves into a mutual corner-With Tesla giving NHTSA a way to ding it without exposing the industry

· https://imispgh.medium.com/nhtsa-and-tesla-back-themselves-into-a-mutual-corner-with-tesla-giving-nhtsa-a-way-to-ding-it-178db5688c4a

Tesla, not the “safety driver”, should likely be charged in the first “Full Self Driving” manslaughter case

· https://imispgh.medium.com/tesla-not-the-safety-driver-should-likely-be-charged-in-the-first-full-self-driving-4da9b27034c

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

· https://imispgh.medium.com/nhtsa-should-impose-an-immediate-autopilot-moratorium-and-report-initial-investigation-findings-de5b6da4d704

The Autonomous Vehicle Industry can be Saved by doing the Opposite of what is being done now to create this technology

· https://medium.com/@imispgh/the-autonomous-vehicle-industry-can-be-saved-by-doing-the-opposite-of-what-is-being-done-now-b4e5c6ae9237

How the failed Iranian hostage rescue in 1980 can save the Autonomous Vehicle industry

· https://imispgh.medium.com/how-the-failed-iranian-hostage-rescue-in-1980-can-save-the-autonomous-vehicle-industry-be76238dea36

My name is Michael DeKort — I am Navy veteran (ASW C4ISR) and a former system engineer, engineering, and program manager for Lockheed Martin. I worked in aircraft simulation, the software engineering manager for all of NORAD, a software project manager on an Aegis Weapon System baseline, and a C4ISR systems engineer for DoD/DHS and the US State Department (counterterrorism). And a Senior Advisory Technical Project Manager for FTI to the Army AI Task Force at CMU NREC (National Robotics Engineering Center)

Autonomous Industry Participation — Air and Ground

- Founder SAE On-Road Autonomous Driving Simulation Task Force

- Member SAE ORAD Verification and Validation Task Force

- Member UNECE WP.29 SG2 Virtual Testing

- Stakeholder USDOT VOICES (Virtual Open Innovation Collaborative Environment for Safety)

- Member SAE G-35, Modeling, Simulation, Training for Emerging AV Tech

- Member SAE G-34 / EUROCAE WG-114 Artificial Intelligence in Aviation

- Member Teleoperation Consortium

- Member CIVATAglobal — Civic Air Transport Association

- Stakeholder for UL4600 — Creating AV Safety Guidelines

- Member of the IEEE Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Systems Policy Committee

SAE Autonomous Vehicle Engineering magazine editor calling me “prescient” regarding my position on Tesla and the overall driverless vehicle industry’s untenable development and testing approach — (Page 2) https://assets.techbriefs.com/EML/2021/digital_editions/ave/AVE-202109.pdf

Presented the IEEE Barus Ethics Award for Post 9/11 DoD/DHS Whistleblowing Efforts

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Michael DeKort

Non-Tribal Truth Seeker-IEEE Barus Ethics Award/9–11 Whistleblower-Aerospace/DoD Systems Engineer/Member SAE Autonomy and eVTOL development V&V & Simulation