California is ‘revisiting’ Tesla’s Full Self-Driving beta in light of ‘dangerous’ videos

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State Department of Motor Vehicles is weighing whether FSD beta needs more scrutiny

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles is “revising” its opinion for not regulating Tesla’s full self-driving (FSD) beta software. The news comes after several security advocates and regulators expressed concerns about the company’s desire to allow its customers to test it. Level 2 Driving Features in public. (the news was first reported Los Angeles Times,


The state’s DMV oversees the largest autonomous vehicle testing program in the country, allowing more than 60 companies to operate test vehicles on public roads. Only a handful have been approved to operate fully autonomous vehicles without safety drivers at the wheel, and even fewer have been approved to deploy vehicles for commercial purposes.

Unlike other companies conducting autonomous vehicle testing in the state, Tesla is using its own customers rather than trained safety drivers to oversee the technology. Tesla owners will have to pay $12,000 for the FSD option, up from $10,000 last month. Tesla has 32 vehicles registered with the DMV, but it regularly reports few or no miles driven in autonomous mode.

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The DMV has said in the past that Tesla’s FSD is not covered under its autonomous vehicle testing program because it still requires a human driver to monitor the vehicle. But in a letter sent to state Senator Lena Gonzalez, the agency now says it is “reconsidering” that decision. (Gonzalez is not to be confused with Lorena Gonzalez, a member of the California State Legislature, who tweeted once, “F*ck Elon Musk.”)

In the letter, DMV Director Steve Gordon said that the agency had previously concluded that FSD beta “fell outside the scope of the DMV autonomous vehicle regulations” but that it recently informed Tesla that it would reconsider that decision. Following a recent software update, video is showing the dangerous use of that technology, an open investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the opinions of other experts in the field.” (NHTSA is currently investigating incidents involving Tesla cars operating with Autopilot that crashed into parked emergency vehicles.)

“If the capabilities of the feature meet the definition of an autonomous vehicle in accordance with California law and regulations, the DMV will take steps to ensure that Tesla operates under the appropriate autonomous vehicle permit,” Gordon writes.

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Gordon noted that the DMV performed several of the FSD betas and, after consulting with experts at UC Berkeley, concluded that it was a Level 2 system. During the November 2020 demo, DMV found that “[t]The vehicle could not safely complete the entire task of driving on its own.”

Gordon also cites a letter from Tesla, in which the company prepared a list of “limitations…” which include ‘identifying or preventing stationary objects, road debris, emergency vehicles, construction areas, large uncontrolled intersections, adverse weather or Including not being able to react. , complex vehicles in the driving path, and unmapped roads.’”

The DMV is also “reviewing” Tesla’s use of the term “full self-driving” in its branding, which has been criticized by experts and government officials as misleading customers.

Depending on where the DMV lands, Tesla could find itself subject to a whole bunch of new regulatory headaches. In California, companies testing autonomous vehicles are required to report any vehicle accident, no matter how minor, other than the frequency at which human drivers are allowed to operate their autonomous vehicles (called “disruptions”). is) was forced to control.

A spokeswoman for Senator Gonzalez said she was still reviewing the letter. A spokesperson for the DMV did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and neither did a spokesperson for Tesla, which disbanded its press department in 2019.

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