YouTube, which is owned by Alphabet Inc. GOOGLdeleted the videos showing Tesla Inc. TSLA drivers driving Complete self-driving (FSD) using children instead of mannequins in the aisle.
According to CNBC, a video was posted on August 14. The footage showed that a Tesla owner, Tad Parkdrove a Tesla Model 3 vehicle to one of his children on the road in the San Francisco Bay Area.
On YouTube, the video was originally posted by a channel called Whole Mars Catalog, which is operated by Omar Qazishareholder of Tesla.
The safety test was to determine if a slow-moving Tesla vehicle is equipped to avoid colliding with pedestrians. In these tests, children were used as standing or walking pedestrians on the road.
Speaking about the removal of the video, CNBC quoted a YouTube spokesperson as saying, “YouTube does not allow content showing a minor participating in dangerous activities or encouraging minors to do dangerous activities. After review, we have determined that the videos violate our harmful and dangerous policies, and as a result, we have removed the content.”
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Last week, Software Expert Dan O’Dowd called on Congress to stop Tesla’s FSD program, calling it dangerous.
In a posted video, O’Dowd claimed Tesla’s beta FSD ran on child-sized dummies multiple times.
Tesla’s FSD Beta program has been running for nearly two years and has expanded to more than 100,000 vehicles with no reported incidents.
In the US, Tesla markets its driver assistance systems, and the FSD option would cost around $12,000 or $199 per month.
Earlier in March, Tesla fired an employee after posting a YouTube video of his car hitting a traffic pylon while using FSD.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has raised many concerns about Tesla’s FSD beta testing.
Last year in October, the regulator expressed concern over reports that participants in an FSD early access program had been subject to nondisclosure agreements that discouraged portraying the feature in a negative way.
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