Since when did “I think the government should not allow car companies to endanger people without their knowledge” represent an extreme left attitude? By that logic the government requiring car companies to install seat belts is an extreme-left position, at which point you’re admitting that anything left of anarchy is in your view “extreme,” and therefore the statement can be disregarded as absurdist.
Car companies will happily kill people if it leaves more in their bank accounts than not killing people. Ford literally chose to kill people rather than fix a known defect in the Pinto. GM literally chose to kill people rather than fix their ignition switches. GM also literally chose to kill people by mounting side-saddle tanks outside the frame rails on their trucks because, and this is true, the $23 per vehicle it would have cost to shield the tanks from rupture was $20.80 more than they felt was cost-effective in order not to kill their customers.
Aside from the obvious design flaws, car companies fought tooth and nail basic safety equipment like seat belts and steering columns that don’t spear drivers in the heart because they didn’t want to spend the money.
Car companies have an absolutely miserable record of putting money before safety, and now it’s being suggested that they should be allowed to do whatever they want with autonomous cars and they get to keep the crash data secret? That’s insanity, and thinking so is nowhere close to an “extreme left” viewpoint.