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FILE – In this May 11, 2018, file photo, released by the South Jordan Police Department shows a traffic collision involving a Tesla Model S sedan with a fire department mechanic truck stopped at a red light in South Jordan, Utah. Heather Lommatzsch, the Utah driver who slammed her Tesla into the stopped firetruck at a red light while using the vehicle’s semi-autonomous function, is suing the company. (South Jordan Police Department via AP, File)
Quentin Brogdon Quentin Brogdon. Courtesy photo

In Ralph Nader’s groundbreaking 1965 book, “Unsafe at Any Speed,” Nader exposed automobile manufacturers’ reluctance to implement new safety features and their reluctance to spend profits on improving automobile safety. The public outcry and the Senate hearings that followed the publication of Nader’s book led to seismic changes in automobile safety in the United States, including the creation of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Capability poses perhaps the biggest challenge to automobile safety regulators since the publication of Nader’s book in 1965.

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