Posted: Posted Date – 12:30 PM, Thu – Mar 10, 22
San Francisco: US senators have dismissed Tesla’s claim, led by Elon Musk, that its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features are safe for driving, saying it’s simply ” no more Tesla evasion and deviation”.
Rohan Patel, senior director of public policy at Tesla, wrote in a letter to U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Ed Markey (D-MA) that Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD Capability features “enhance the capability of our customers to drive safer than the average driver in the United States.
Patel responded to the senators, who had raised “significant concerns” about Autopilot and FSD. They also urged federal regulators to crack down on Tesla to prevent further misuse of the company’s advanced driver assistance features.
According to The Verge, Patel described Autopilot and FSD as Level 2 systems “that require constant driver monitoring and attention.”
These features are “capable of performing some, but not all, dynamic driving tasks that can be performed by human drivers,” he added.
The senators, however, rejected his request.
“Despite its troubling safety record and fatal crashes, the company seems intent on carrying on business as usual. It’s high time Tesla got the message: obey the law and put safety first,” said the senators.
FSD beta mode recently caused a Tesla Model Y to crash in Los Angeles.
No one was injured in the accident, but the vehicle was “severely damaged”.
The crash was reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is conducting multiple, overlapping investigations into Tesla’s Autopilot system.
The Tesla FSD beta aims to allow Tesla vehicles to virtually drive themselves on highways and city streets by simply entering a location into the navigation system, but it’s still considered Level 2 driver assistance because it requires driver supervision at all times.
The driver remains responsible for the vehicle and must keep their hands on the wheel and be ready to take control.
There have been several accidents related to the Tesla Autopilot, currently under investigation by the US NHTSA.