Ralph Nader, the sometimes presidential candidate and full-time political gadfly and consumer rights activist, said self-driving cars will make roads more dangerous Monday, on the 50th anniversary of his groundbreaking book Unsafe at Any Speed.
“It’s leading to the emerging great hazard on the highway, which is distracted driving,” Nader told Automotive News. He warned that automakers are aiming “to turn cars into entertainment arenas, mobile offices. Distracted driving is already generating thousands of deaths per year. They are ballyhooing the driverless cars when the algorithms are nowhere near as specific as serendipitous situations on the road in congested traffic.”
Nader’s 277-page book Unsafe at Any Speed was released 50 years ago Monday, on November 30, 1965. The book is considered by many to be the clarion call that sparked key congressional action to improve safety regulations for automobiles in the U.S.