Dec 28, 2019 • 1HR 5M

The Self-Driving Car: Is It Safe?

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Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.
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Ralph gets the real story about the efficacy of autonomous vehicles from auto safety expert Joan Claybrook. And Harvey Wasserman joins us to talk about his new history book “The People’s Spiral of American History: From Deganawidah to Solartopia,” as well as giving us the key to beating Donald Trump in 2020.

Joan Claybrook is one of the public interest champions of the modern consumer movement. She is one of the co-founders and president emeritus of Public Citizen. During the Carter Administration, Ms. Claybrook headed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ms. Claybrook has testified frequently before congressional committees on many public interest issues but with a particular focus on auto and highway safety.

“The other thing that no one is even talking about is the fact that these vehicles cannot operate without major investments in new highways. Highways that have all the white lines completely in place, all the signage completely in place, so that the vehicle can read and see the signage and the white lines or yellow lines, whatever it may be. Without that, these vehicles are going to be willy-nilly. They’re not going to be able to do their job. Even if they worked terrific[ly], they couldn’t do it. No one’s even discussing the humongous cost, billions and billions and billions of dollars that are required to make it secure for these vehicles to drive.”

Joan Claybrook, auto safety expert on autonomous vehicles

Harvey Wasserman is a life-long activist who speaks, writes and organizes widely on energy, the environment, history, drug war, election protection and grassroots politics. He teaches history and cultural & ethnic diversity at two central Ohio college. He hosts the Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show (and is the author of many books, including his latest, The People’s Spiral of American History.

“The 2020 election will be decided by one thing, which is how many millennials will come out to vote.”

Harvey Wasserman, author of The People’s Spiral of American History

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