Rapper Ralph Nader is calling for the next round of car crashes to be halted because they could create a major environmental disaster, calling for “a moratorium on all car crashes and all the crashes that can happen.”
The former presidential candidate was speaking at a car crash prevention rally at the National Auto Dealers Association’s annual convention.
Nader was a leading voice for car owners who have voiced concern over the safety of autonomous driving, as well as for the growing number of self-driving cars on the road.
“I’m all for self-drive cars,” Nader said.
“But we need to be more mindful of the fact that this technology is going to create a massive environmental catastrophe.”
Ralph Nader, who served as a US Senator from New York, speaks during a rally in New York on November 13, 2020.
NadaSierra.com / Getty Images “It’s not safe,” he added.
“I don’t think we should be allowing it to happen.”
Nader’s comments came after the California Department of Motor Vehicles said it had banned the sale of the autonomous-vehicle technology until at least 2021.
California has been the scene of several accidents involving autonomous vehicles since its autonomous vehicle program began last year.
A series of other states, including Washington and Florida, are also in the process of banning autonomous vehicles from driving on their roads.
The California Department Of Motor Vehicles has also banned the manufacture, sale, transport, and use of autonomous vehicles, which is expected to be implemented in 2021.
Nader said that the “worst-case scenario” of a car wreck could result in as much as $5 billion in damages to property and a shutdown of the economy.
“It’s like a bad movie, you’ve got to stop it,” he said.
“If you don’t, the movie might be cancelled, and it could create another disaster.”
According to a report from the US Department of Transportation, about 20% of all car accidents occur in the US.
The report said that autonomous driving could make that figure more than double.
A study conducted by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last year estimated that autonomous vehicles could be responsible for as many as 1,000 deaths by 2035.
The car crash statistics have been cited as a key reason for the recent wave of self drive car launches.
In a series of tweets on Monday, Nader called for self drive vehicles to be banned, as he called for the development of self driving cars to be “a priority.”
The NHTSA study also noted that self driving vehicles have not yet been licensed for use on public roads, though they are available for purchase in some cities.
“The time has come for a moratorium on autonomous driving,” Nadeff wrote.
“It could result, if not in direct consequences, in a disaster that could destroy the lives of millions of people.”
Nader has been vocal about his concern over autonomous driving technology, with his recent tweets calling it “dangerous” and saying that the technology is “very dangerous.”
Nademan said that self drive cars could create the conditions for a mass extinction.
“They’re going to start killing themselves,” he told The Washington Post.
“The cars are going to be the first ones to die, and we’re going at it from the outside.
It’s just not going to happen.
There’s no way you can save the species by having cars on our roads.”
He added that the only way to prevent such a disaster is for “the public to be as aware as possible.”
“The more we have a moratorium, the less likely we’re to get these accidents,” he continued.
“We can’t just let these things happen.”
The California DMV’s ban on self-driven vehicles comes as a wave of new self-made cars is being tested and developed in California.
The California Department OF Motor Vehicles also banned self-drives from being sold on public streets until at at least 2020, and has banned self drive in the state.