Tesla is 'irresponsible' for touting 'Full Self-Driving' features, NTSB says

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Harsh words from NTSB.

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No, Tesla’s full self-driving beta does not make an autonomous car, and the automaker is coming under fire for potentially exaggerating its capabilities. talking to wall street journalJennifer Homendy, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the electric carmaker is “irresponsible” for what it calls “full self-driving” technology. In fact, FSD is a level 2 driver-assistance system, which is based on SAE scale of autonomy. There are no self-driving cars on sale.

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Tesla “clearly misled many people to misuse and abuse the technology,” she told the WSJ. The NTSB did not immediately return a request for comment on Homendy’s statements. Tesla does not operate a public relations department to request comment. The vehicle manufacturer is currently under federal investigation Another driver-assistance feature, Autopilot, followed several reported accidents involving emergency vehicles. The bitter truth is that there are many drivers who use these systems beyond their true capacity. Although we have also seen evidence of some systems including FSD, Not ready for prime time yet, one of two.

None of this is to devalue the immense progress Tesla has made over the past few years in terms of driver-assistance systems and technology. Cars are incredibly smart, but regulators continue to point out areas where safety is lacking. Homendy told the newspaper that Tesla needed to address “basic safety issues” before expanding the features to FSD and Autopilot.

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The NTSB as an agency can investigate accidents, and often descends on the scene for high-profile debris and fires involving Tesla, but can only give regulatory recommendations. It is up to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to implement any new rules Surrounding FSD and other driver-assistance systems.

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