The letter states this: “Notably, the IIHS conducted tests simulating crossing children for the 2022 Tesla Model 3 and 2022 Tesla Model Y, and in the tests, both models avoided collisions with the child dummies.” The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website confirms the information.
The problem is that the footnote associated with this sentence reads: “Similar IIHS testing for Model X and Model Y is not available.” Tesla seemingly contradicts itself: either the IIHS tested the car, or it didn’t. As we know it did, the Tesla attorney responsible for the document probably meant Model S instead of Model Y.
Tesla heavily relies on the press coverage made by Electrek in its letter. It states, "Electrek reports that The Dawn Project manipulated its video after being confronted with the defamatory nature of its advertisement.” O’Dowd denies this was the case and argues it is “another stupid lie, easily verified by anyone with a brain.”
First of all, because Electrek would have never said so. Secondly, because what that website would have stated was that The Dawn Project added files to its test report. According to O’Dowd, the files were always on the page that described the tests.
FSD. According to him, it is just showing the truth about “the most incompetently designed, implemented, and tested commercial software” he has ever seen. “All it does is take a perfectly good Tesla car and make it occasionally try to kill the driver, the passengers, and innocent bystanders.”
This is how O’Dowd justifies trying “to stop Tesla from putting Full Self-Driving cars that will mow down a child wearing a safety vest in a school crosswalk into the hands of 100,000 untrained consumers.” He is not alone: Ralph Nader and several other autonomous vehicles and safety experts expect Tesla to voluntarily do so or be forced by the American government to stop public testing with untrained drivers.
O’Dowd notes that he knows “Master Scammer Musk’s game plan” pretty well. “If the fanboys’ vile attacks don’t scare off a critic(,) he threatens them with endless baseless litigation which will cost them their house even if they win.” The Dawn Project founder concludes that he is fortunate because he “can afford not to be intimidated by these threats.”
Elon Musk in court. He says “Mr. Free Speech Absolutist” – as the Tesla CEO defined himself, apart from Technoking – “is just another crybaby hiding behind his lawyer’s skirt.” If Tesla decides to accept O’Dowd’s challenge, it may have to reveal FSD data and defend the beta software and its deployment strategy in front of a judge. Grab your popcorn.