NHTSA Downplays Tesla Loss of Radar Safety Issues in Expedited Process Filing

Michael DeKort
3 min readJun 10, 2021


Plainsite filing and NHTSA response — https://twitter.com/PlainSite/status/1402280828470579203?s=20

In spite of a litany of crashes, injuries, deaths and videos of extremely dangerous situations NHTSA sees no big problem in Tesla making things worse by removing radar.

· At least 9 people killed needlessly by flawed “autopilot” and AEB

· Hitting a plethora of stationary and crossing objects including 7 police cars, with one shoved into an ambulance. The other objects include fire trucks, passenger cars, tow truck, street sweeper, trailers, barriers, and people.

· The system creating traffic lights that do not exist — https://www.reddit.com/r/teslamotors/comments/nqhgn7/tesla_model_3_display_bug_solved/

· The system creating a tractor trailer in a tunnel that does not exist — https://twitter.com/PlainSite/status/1402280828470579203?s=20

· Tesla admitted the system is degraded with radar removal.

Clearly, NHTSA is not going to do a thing until a family or child is killed needlessly. NHTSA is an accomplice here. A grossly negligent party who will be party to manslaughter at best.

More details here

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 admits loss of Radar degrades the system-Even Brad Templeton understands ditching it is foolish

· https://imispgh.medium.com/tesla-admits-loss-of-radar-degrades-system-even-brad-templeton-understands-ditching-it-is-foolish-afde7a4250c3

Elon says new “full self-driving” release is coming with no radar and safety is “confirmed”

· https://imispgh.medium.com/elon-says-new-full-self-driving-release-is-coming-with-no-radar-and-safety-is-confirmed-5181c1d8d47f

Tesla ditching radar and Elon’s explanation show us how bad and how deadly this system is

· https://imispgh.medium.com/tesla-ditching-radar-and-elons-explanation-show-us-how-bad-and-how-deadly-this-system-is-1fa7d069956b

Elon Musk is now telling us a legitimate “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving will never exist

· https://imispgh.medium.com/elon-musk-is-now-telling-us-a-legitimate-autopilot-and-full-self-driving-will-never-exist-1f5a5da7f844

Tesla Director of Autopilot Software says Elon’s statement about “Autopilot” capabilities does not match engineering reality

· https://imispgh.medium.com/tesla-director-of-autopilot-software-says-elons-statement-about-autopilot-capabilities-does-not-e4ca42a8f922

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

USDOT introduces VOICES Proof of Concept for Autonomous Vehicle Industry-A Paradigm Shift?

· https://imispgh.medium.com/usdot-introduces-voices-proof-of-concept-for-autonomous-vehicle-industry-a-paradigm-shift-87a12aa1bc3a

My name is Michael DeKort — I am a former system engineer, engineering, and program manager for Lockheed Martin. I worked in aircraft simulation, the software engineering manager for all of NORAD, the Aegis Weapon System, and on C4ISR for DHS.

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-34 / EUROCAE WG-114 Artificial Intelligence in Aviation

- Member CIVATAglobal — Civic Air Transport Association

- Stakeholder for UL4600 — Creating AV Safety Guidelines

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

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



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