Tesla is “irresponsible” for promoting “full self-driving” capabilities, says NTSB

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Harsh words from the NTSB.

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No, Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta does not create an autonomous car, and the automaker has come under fire for potentially overrating its capabilities. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, National Transportation Safety Board chair Jennifer Homendy said the electric car maker was “irresponsible” to even label the technology as “completely self-driving.” In fact, FSD is a level 2 driver assistance system based on the SAE autonomy scale. No self-driving cars are offered.

Tesla “has clearly misled numerous people into abusing and abusing technology,” she told the WSJ. The NTSB did not immediately return a request for comment on Homendy’s statements. Tesla does not have a public relations department to solicit requests for comments. The automaker is currently under Federal investigation Another driver assistance function, autopilot, after a number of reported accidents with emergency vehicles. The bare truth is that there are many drivers who use these systems beyond their actual capabilities. Although we saw evidence of some systems as well, including FSD, are not ready for prime time yet, either.

None of this is intended to devalue the immense advances Tesla has made in driver assistance systems and technology in recent years. The cars are incredibly smart, but regulators continue to point out areas where there is a lack of safety. Homendy told the newspaper Tesla had to resolve “fundamental safety issues” before expanding the capabilities for FSD and autopilot.

The NTSB as an agency can investigate crashes and often ends up on the stage for high-profile wrecks and fires that Teslas are involved in, but can only make regulatory recommendations. It is up to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to appeal to new ones Regulations all about FSD and other driver assistance systems.

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