California is reassessing Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) testing program to determine whether the electric car maker’s software should fall under its automotive division’s autonomous vehicle regulations, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
FSD is an advanced driver assistance system that does some driving tasks, but Tesla says it doesn’t make vehicles fully autonomous. The functions “require an attentive driver,” according to the company.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) informed Tesla last week of the state regulator’s review, the Los Angeles Times said.
“Recent software updates, videos showing the dangerous use of this technology, open investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the opinions of other experts in the field have prompted the reassessment,” the DMV said, according to the report.
The DMV and Tesla did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.
In October last year, Tesla vehicles with what was then the latest 10.3 FSD software issued repeated warnings of rear-end collisions if there was no imminent danger, according to video postings by beta users. However, Tesla fixed the software within a day.
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