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CEO Runs Super Bowl Ad Calling for Ban of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving

CEO Runs Super Bowl Ad Calling for Ban of Tesla's Full Self-Driving

Green Hills Software CEO Dan O’Dowd spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a Super Bowl commercial calling for the ban of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature. In a 30-second ad, O’Dowd claimed that FSD is the “worst, most incompetently designed, developed, and tested automotive product on the market” and showed what he claimed to be “critical safety defects” in Tesla’s FSD technology.

O’Dowd has been a vocal critic of FSD, taking out a full-page ad against Tesla in the New York Times and even running for the U.S. Senate on a single issue: getting FSD cars off the road. He has also published videos claiming that FSD’s “critical safety defects” could harm pedestrians and has challenged Tesla and regulators to witness a public demonstration.

While some have questioned the validity of O’Dowd’s claims, his latest ad has reignited the debate over the safety of Tesla’s FSD feature. In response, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the ad “will greatly increase public awareness that a Tesla can drive itself (supervised for now).”

Critical Safety Defects in FSD

O’Dowd’s Super Bowl ad claimed to show “critical safety defects” in Tesla’s FSD technology, which he said would “run down a child.” The ad did not specify what those defects were, but O’Dowd has previously published videos that he claims demonstrate these defects.

O’Dowd’s videos show Tesla vehicles apparently failing to detect pedestrians and other objects in their path while using FSD. In one video, a Tesla Model 3 appears to drive straight through a red light, narrowly avoiding a pedestrian in the crosswalk. In another, a Model Y appears to turn left into oncoming traffic. O’Dowd claims that both incidents occurred while the cars were using FSD.

Tesla has disputed O’Dowd’s claims, arguing that its FSD technology is safe and that accidents involving Tesla vehicles are typically the result of human error. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also investigated several accidents involving Tesla vehicles, but has not found any evidence of a defect in the FSD system.

Ongoing Debate over FSD

The safety of Tesla’s FSD technology has been the subject of ongoing debate. While some experts argue that FSD has the potential to greatly reduce the number of accidents on the road, others have raised concerns about its reliability and safety.

Critics of FSD argue that the technology is still in its early stages and has not been sufficiently tested. They point to incidents like the fatal crash of a Tesla Model S in 2016, which occurred while the car was using its Autopilot feature, as evidence that FSD is not yet ready for widespread use.

Supporters of FSD, on the other hand, argue that the technology has already been proven to be safer than human drivers. They point to data showing that Tesla vehicles using FSD are involved in fewer accidents per mile than those driven by humans.

Regulators have also been grappling with how to approach FSD. The NHTSA has issued guidelines for the development and testing of autonomous vehicles, but has not yet issued any regulations specifically addressing FSD.


Dan O’Dowd’s Super Bowl ad calling for the ban of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving has reignited the debate over the safety of the technology. While O’Dowd claims that FSD has “critical safety defects,” Tesla and its supporters argue that the technology has already been proven to be safer than human drivers.

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