Tesla’s response comes after US senators on February 8 raised significant concerns about the Autopilot and FSD systems.
Huge EVs Tesla Inc has defended the safety interests of advanced driver assistance systems Autonomous driving systems and fully autonomous driving (FSD) of vehicles over concerns raised by US Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey. However, the automaker admits that the system requires “the constant supervision and attention of the driver.”
The EV maker’s response comes after US senators on February 8 raised “substantial concerns” about the Autopilot and FSD systems that have prompted scrutiny from safety regulators. elaborate. In the letter, Rohan Patel, Tesla’s senior director of public policy and business development, said that these features enhance the ability to “drive more safely than average drivers in the US.” “.
He admits that both systems “require constant supervision and attention by the driver.” He also further notes that Tesla vehicles are capable of performing “some but not all of the Dynamic Driving Tasks” that a driver can perform.
A statement on Tesla’s website notes that the Autopilot system allows the vehicle to automatically steer, accelerate, and brake and “requires active driver supervision and does not make the vehicle autonomous.” While the system allows the driver to sometimes leave the wheel unattended, its torque-based hand-on-wheel detection helps ensure the driver is always paying attention. Patel also noted in the letter that Tesla “understands the importance of educating owners about Autopilot and FSD Capability capabilities.”
Tesla rolled out a test version of its FSD system over a year ago, and has now expanded the rollout to 60,000 users. But the system has sparked criticism that it is jeopardizing safety by testing its technology with untrained drivers on public roads. Upon receiving Tesla’s response, both senators told Reuters the letter was “just Tesla’s evasion and deflection. Despite its troubling safety record and fatal crashes, the company’s seem to want to continue with business as usual.”
(with input from Reuters)
Date of first publication: March 9, 2022, 09:43 AM IST