Tesla has the best safety record there is period. That is fact!!! People can get pissed off about it but they can't change it with for-profit FUD. It also makes the cleanest vehicles. You have Markey who for instance took a bunch of fossil fuel and insurance money (insurance jacks up rate massively so it can socialize endless fossil fuel losses- driven by frauds like interlocking boards) and then signed off on the GND so he could build pseudo credibility to help save the insurance industry and its unnecessary investments that socialize fossil fuel loses and prop up their loser stocks. Now you have the NHTSA foolish 'automation complacency" claim. Its foolish because its a moving target and foolish because it attempts to target the one company actually moving the needle and making progress on safety and with by far- far, far, far the best record on safety. It would be like saying until air bags and seat belts are perfect we can't use them. Well the stuff is saving lives and Telsa is already self insuring. But there is the bigger picture to consider. They may think they are going to FUD and lie their way into slowing or stopping progress on AP and automated driving (manufacturing/engineering crashes in Florida and following up with FUD and lying to the public about the public interest for profit) but its not going to work. Are they going to be arguing behind the scenes with China not only that it needs to buy more useless and unnecessary American fossil fuels- stuff China sure as hell doesn't need because it would only be acquired at serious economic losses (its not competitive and never will be again) or even buy more stuff unnecessarily based on that garbage while also saying: you need to slow down self driving car tech? Never going to fly. Is the US going to be able to FUD away claims from people who visit China that it has self driving cars that work perfectly and try to claim the US doesn't want it? No, there are too many compelling policy reasons like massive reductions in traffic and accidents -even if that reduces useless fossil fuel consumption. Will they try to weaken AP so some non US based company or one of the sell out friendly to fossil fuels companies take the ring? They are surely trying to slow it. But all their stupid claims and trying to sour the public on the life saving tech (like all their BS about electric car fires when it was Fords and BMWs that were actually catching on fire in record numbers while off and parked to the point of injunction in states around the world- note the stupid new Car & Driver head line about a parked Tesla failing) won't make it fail because it is a tech that is improving at an exponential rate. Maybe they prefer Google, Google seems stupidly more willing to make the delusional move of putting self driving tech on ICE machines or hybrids. Maybe they like Google because its geo-fenced and they think that would slow the roll out. What ever their reasons they would only be making the US fall farther and farther behind and make it look increasingly 3rd world by comparison with Asia. When a Tesla is in a wreck it carries a ton of data with it that will show exactly what happened. If that data is missing mysteriously (through rigging etc.) then no conclusion can be drawn. But look at the stupid media for instance having nothing but headlines about a Model S they acknowledge was speeding, that they acknowledge ran a red light and then there was a crash. They can't even say if he AP was on. Not even worth covering just right up front. Oh but no, there is a NHSTA probe- how stupid and then he media misquotes prior NHSTA results. And even edge cases prove almost nothing because the tech is constantly improving. Its like all the dumb 'coverage' of people falling asleep in a Tesla. In a normal car they hit a telephone pole minutes ago, long before any video could be taken- while the AP tech is trying to wake them before slowing to a safe stop. We need a change in the law that is speech enhancing not quelling, that is vital for the speech that says mislead the public about public interest for profit or money and go to jail. Nothing stops volunteer media. Its the lie and censorship and discrimination industry that must be stopped and the money is a murderous aggravating factor not an exonerating or mitigating factor. We should do that and then just confiscate and burn the stuff in the tax haven banks- that is called justice and its something that is missing since the early 70s but must be making a come back. Tesla is coming up on a million people with exposure to this stuff which makes them and their families safer. What a moron admin is going to say its bad for the 'economy' what about suits from all the deaths that would result that would have been prevented with trying to slow down or take away this tech. Lets really break this down into the simplest terms possible. Tesla is making tech that actively works to reduce the likelihood of an injurious impact. It is super aggressively using the best technology and the best approaches to do this. The stuff about lidar is totally idiotic because that is a tiny bit of active EM frequency and the car takes in a full band of active and passive overlapping EM frequency and processes it for avoidance. And the rest of the car is the proven very best there is in an actual impact. The company also invests massively in this and gets the best people. Its also moving faster than anyone else with the biggest data set work with. If you do a fair comparison with Google it is destroying Google in this race. And we know it won't stop there this tech will be applied to robots and factory floors and freight loading and unloading. But again this is about avoiding collisions and the tech that does watches things move on a frame rate bases at the pace of glaciers and then response like a computer winning winning a chess game to avoid collisions. Also screwing with this would be harming the bleeding edge of American tech- this is the bleeding real world edge. So no it doesn't seem like the parasite idiots with money crowd prevails here. But you can see the desperation, just saw a NBC article with something like 200 goal post moving intentional errors in it. They shouldn't waste the money, its over.