The driver would enter the course defined by the cones at 40 mph (64 kph) and activate FSD. Dressed mannequins representing children were placed at the end of the lane, right in the middle. The idea was to test if the software could detect the “kid” and brake the car, which it may have only done in one of the three runs on which the test was based.
Haynie said the speed was quickly reduced to 25 mph (40 kph) because the Tesla would “start to stagger as if lost and confused, slow down a little, and then speed back up as it hit and ran over the mannequins.” The crash speeds were 24 mph, 27 mph, and 25 mph.
Dan O’Dowd is the narrator of the main video. The founder of The Dawn Project states that 100,000 Tesla owners are using FSD on public roads. O’Dowd also says that FSD “is the worst commercial software” he has ever seen. In the end, the engineer asks viewers to “tell Congress to shut it down,” giving them a phone number.
These tests from The Dawn Project are not the only ones that show FSD does not perform as it should. In fact, it does not even have to be FSD or Autopilot: automatic emergency braking (AEB) already fails. Taylor Ogan tweeted more than once the tests made by Luminar with a 2022 Lexus RX 450h equipped with Iris LiDAR and a Model Y with Tesla Vision.
Tesla investors and advocates tried to argue that Tesla Vision is so advanced it does not stop for cardboard obstacles. It was no irony or sarcasm: they seem to really believe that. For the record, the mannequins are made of foam and fabric. Let’s hope they do not try to prove Tesla Vision’s capabilities with real children.
Our new safety test of @ElonMusk’s Full Self-Driving Teslas discovered that they will indiscriminately mow down children.— Dan O'Dowd (@RealDanODowd) August 9, 2022
Today @RealDawnProject launches a nationwide TV ad campaign demanding @NHTSAgov ban Full Self-Driving until @ElonMusk proves it won’t mow down children. pic.twitter.com/i5Jtb38GjH
It’s 2022, and Teslas still aren’t stopping for children. pic.twitter.com/GGBh6sAYZS— Taylor Ogan (@TaylorOgan) August 9, 2022
Tesla FSD Beta tester, ladies and gentlemen. https://t.co/DYQT0C4fnw— Taylor Ogan (@TaylorOgan) August 9, 2022