Dr. Missy Cummings was a recent Biden administration pick for a senior advisor place on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). She can also be a transparent Tesla Autopilot skeptic and has said some excessive and alarming issues on the matter. Although she said this in 2020 and the video is a few years outdated, it’s making waves on Twitter, and what she stated is critically disturbing — at the same time as a joke.
Dr. Missy Cummings: Tesla ought to put an electrical cattle prod in Autopilot to verify drivers listen pic.twitter.com/wi6fpxZHcl
— Whole Mars (@WholeMarsWeblog) January 12, 2022
The video panel dialogue wherein she took half was revealed in 2020, however information of that panel is floating round Twitter and I’m disgusted, actually. In the virtual panel with Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), Cummings stated:
“Unfortunately, the Milgram research stop us from placing an electric cattle prod into the seats of automobiles, which is what I might vote for.”
The Milgram studies or experiment was a collection of social psychology experiments in 1961 that measured the willingness of contributors (males ages 20–50) to obey an authority determine who informed them to carry out actions that conflicted with their conscience. In the examine, the contributors have been informed that they have been serving to with one other, unrelated experiment wherein they needed to administer electrical shocks to a learner. Although the shocks have been faux, the contributors didn’t know this and so they have been informed that the shocks have been step by step elevated to ranges that will have been deadly if that they had been actual.
In response to this remark, Edward Neidermeyer giggled. Neidermeyer has been important of Tesla and Elon Musk for no less than 14 years, when he ran a “Tesla Death Watch” weblog collection. The concept again then (in 2008) was that it was solely a matter of days till Tesla went bankrupt.
Along with Niedermeyer and Dr. Cummings, Dr. Michael Nees, and Dr. Michael Clamann have been additionally on the panel.
Recap: this video paperwork Dr. Cummings having a pleasant dialog with the infamous & notorious Ed Niedermayer:
❌ who ran the “Tesla Death Watch” weblog,
❌and who was accused by Tesla of a marketing campaign of fraudulent NHTSA complaints in opposition to Tesla… pic.twitter.com/T40IRo8raq
— Tesla Facts (@truth_tesla) January 12, 2022
I’ve been a goal of such harassment as effectively however mine pale as compared as to how my pal Omar Qazi has been handled.
As somebody who has been a pedestrian all of my life, I’ve witnessed many accidents (and have even been in close to misses myself) — largely from drivers not paying consideration.
Dr. Cummings, who has said earlier than that she owns a Tesla, has been an outspoken critic of Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving expertise and has even gone so far as to help a bunch of critics on Twitter who name themselves “TSLAQ” — however finally deleted her account after she acquired referred to as out for her bias.
Many Tesla homeowners and supporters had a number of points together with her biases, together with that on the time, she was on the board of administrators for a direct competitor of Tesla’s within the autonomous driving house in addition to her help of the cult-like anti-Tesla teams which have focused quite a few Tesla homeowners and supporters for years. (Disclosure: I’ve even been focused a number of occasions by that group.)
“Tavi” shared a thread on Twitter along with his ideas on the matter. He identified that she was mocking engineers and that her views on autonomy are in direct distinction with Tesla’s strategy.
Listening to this panel dialogue from July 2020 — earlier than the primary Beta model of FSD was launched — it will be cheap to anticipate that the deployment of such software program would result in numerous accidents because of driver distraction.
And but… zero reported accidents!🤷🏻♂️
— Tavi (@tavi_chocochip) January 12, 2022
Tavi additionally identified that Dr. Cummings will most likely by no means help any sort of adaptive driver-assist system that isn’t Level 5, but isn’t involved as to how Level 5 might be achieved or what number of street casualties will occur till Level 5 automobiles turn into extensively accessible.
To shut, be aware that Dr. Cummings by no means genuinely answered Neidermeyer’s query about how she would recommend conserving drivers centered on driving when utilizing high-level driver-assist techniques. Neidermeyer initially laughed at her joke, then waited for a real response, however acquired nothing and needed to scramble with one other assertion of his personal. That appears to point that she has no resolution in thoughts past what Tesla is already doing (numerous audio and visible warnings to concentrate and the inside digicam watching the place the driving force is wanting and doubtlessly taking away their FSD software program entry). Or she wasn’t joking.
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