San Francisco raises safety concerns for Tesla’s ‘autonomous driving’ as public test approaches
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept.23 (Reuters) – San Francisco transport authorities on Thursday raised concerns about the safety record of Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system, as the electric carmaker prepared a large version of a trial version of the software that works on city streets and highways.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) also took issue with the name of the system, “Full Self-Driving” (FSD), saying it was an advanced driver assistance program and not a autonomous vehicle system.
Tilly Chang, executive director of the SFCTA, said in a statement to Reuters that a human driver should “constantly monitor” Tesla’s FSD system.
“We are concerned about the safety record of this service and the name of the service as it may be confusing to consumers, and hope that DMV, FTC and NHTSA will continue to monitor and analyze this issue to protect consumers and the public. traveler, ”she said. .
The authority administers funding for transit and road projects in San Francisco. A number of Tesla accidents, currently under federal investigation, have stepped up regulatory oversight this year. Read more
On Monday, the California state regulator said, “Based on information Tesla provided to the DMV, this feature does not make the vehicle an autonomous vehicle under California regulations.”
The California Department of Motor Vehicles reiterated that it is “reviewing the company’s use of the term” Full Self-Driving “for its technology. ” Read more
Tesla (TSLA.O) was not immediately available for comment. Last week, chief executive Elon Musk said Tesla drivers could request a “beta” version of its “Full Self-Driving (FSD)” software starting Friday. People labeled “good drivers” by Tesla’s insurance calculator could use the system.
Tesla has sparked controversy by testing the unfinished technology with 2,000 people since October on public roads.
Musk said there have been no accidents with beta users.
“FSD’s beta system can sometimes seem so good that vigilance is not necessary, but it does. Plus, any beta user who is not very careful will be started,” Musk tweeted.
The beta version offers features that allow vehicles to navigate and change lanes on city streets and turn left and right.
Tesla said the FSB beta “can do the wrong thing at the worst time, so you should always keep your hands on the wheel.”
Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Additional reports from Paresh Dave; Editing by David Gregorio
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