WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) – Consumer Reports said on Tuesday that Tesla Inc’s (TSLA.O) “Full Self-Driving” software lacked guarantees and feared that using the system on public roads could put the public in jeopardy. danger citing driver reports.
The influential consumer post cited videos posted on social media of drivers using it and raised concerns about issues including “vehicles missing corners, rubbing against bushes and heading for parked cars.”
Consumer Reports said it plans to independently test the software update known as FSD Beta 9, as soon as its Model Y receives the update.
Tesla and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) did not immediately comment.
“The videos of FSD Beta 9 in action don’t show a system that makes driving safer or even less stressful,” says Jake Fisher, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center. “Consumers are simply paying to be test engineers for the development of the technology – without adequate security protection.
In April, Consumer Reports said its engineers were successful in bypassing Tesla’s autopilot protections and exiting the driver’s seat.
Last month, NHTSA revealed that it has opened 30 investigations into Tesla crashes involving 10 deaths since 2016 where advanced driver assistance systems were suspected of being used.
The autopilot, which handles certain driving tasks, has been operating in at least three Tesla vehicles involved in fatal crashes in the United States since 2016, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.
The NTSB criticized Tesla’s lack of protection for the autopilot system, which allows drivers to keep their hands on the wheel for long periods of time.
Tesla said last week that eligible owners can subscribe to FSD for $ 99 or $ 199 per month. Tesla says that “FSD’s currently enabled features do not make the vehicle autonomous. The currently enabled features require a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is ready to take over at any time.”
Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Marguerita Choy
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