Guest essay by Eric Worrall
h / t Breitbart; California regulators are officially reviewing Tesla’s claims of having “full self-drive capability.”
Tesla’s ‘full self-driving ability’ falls short of its name
The expensive option doesn’t make the car self-driving, and now Tesla’s promises are under scrutiny by state regulators in California
By Mike Monticello and Keith Barry
Last updated: May 19, 2021
The features may be cutting-edge, even cool, but we think buyers should be careful when spending $ 10,000 on what electric car company Tesla calls its “Full Self-Driving Capability” option. Tesla claims that every new vehicle it builds contains all of the hardware necessary for full autonomy, and the company says that future wireless software updates should potentially allow their cars to be self-driving – at a price.
At the moment, full self-driving capability, which includes functions that help the driver when parking, changing lanes on the motorway and even stopping completely at traffic lights and stop signs, is a misnomer. And as federal investigations add up to accidents involving Tesla vehicles, regulators are increasingly scrutinizing Tesla’s claims.
Earlier this week, the California Department of Motor Vehicles checked Tesla for public statements that could violate government regulations prohibiting automakers from promoting vehicles for sale or rental as autonomous unless the vehicle meets the legal and regulatory definition of an autonomous one Vehicle and The company has a permit, confirmed the agency’s press office to CR.
As of May 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has initiated 28 special crash investigations into crashes involving Tesla vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems, including autopilot and full self-driving capability. And safety experts fear the automaker’s bold claims risk the kind of abuse that is rampant on social media, where some owners have shown unsafe behavior by relying too much on the car’s autonomous capabilities.
Read more: https://www.consumerreports.org/autonomous-driving/tesla-full-self-driving-capability-review-falls-short-of-its-name/
The remainder of the article in Consumer Stories describes detailed tests of the self-driving features performed on a Tesla, as well as some fascinating reservations about the fine print in Tesla’s description of their self-driving systems.