On September 27, 2021, Ariel Wolf was quoted by TechCrunch on the recent conflation of autonomous vehicles (AVs) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
According to the article, tech industry policy coalition Chamber of Progress recently questioned Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) recent conflation of the two technologies in a letter to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration criticizing Tesla’s marketing of “Full Self Driving.”
Ariel Wolf, general counsel at the special interest groupSelf Driving Coalition, told Policy Corner in a recent interview that the group also continues to see ADAS and AVs being conflated.
“It’s damaging the public’s understanding of the two distinct technologies,” he said. “There’s no question that that’s occurring, and it’s starting to bleed over and it’s creating this safety risk. In a very real sense it’s creating this safety risk because that conflation leads people to misuse the ADAS. But certainly it jeopardizes the future of AVs, because the public then looks at ADAS failures and targets AVs.”
Here is a link to the article.