French Press AgencyOctober 15, 2021 12:13:12 p.m.
The U.S. Highway Patrol Monitoring Force has pushed Tesla to obtain details about its driver assist systems, specifically whether certain individuals are prohibited from testing features by reporting potential safety issues.
As part of a preliminary investigation launched after a series of accidents, regulators on Tuesday ordered Elon Musk’s electric car company to provide information on confidentiality agreements with drivers testing a new feature from October 2020.
This feature, called Full Self-Driving (FSD), is designed to allow cars to identify stops and turn lanes, while the existing automatic pilot function is primarily used to manage speed and keep the vehicle in the lane.
Citing National Highways Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports, the Privacy Agreement states that “participants were restricted from sharing information about the FSD, which negatively represents the feature.”
The agency relies in part on reliance on driver-reported feedback to assess potential safety deficiencies.
The company wrote in a letter to Tesla on November 1, stating, “We do not accept any agreement to prevent or prevent participants’ pre-entry in the beta release program from reporting security issues to the NHTSA.”
In a separate article, the NHTSA asked Tesla to explain why it did not begin recalling vehicles after updating its driver support software to improve nighttime traffic lights detection.
The NHTSA said manufacturers are obliged to recall vehicles once safety-related deficiencies have been identified.
Earlier this month, nicknamed the FSD Beta 10.2, the agency asked how the company selected drivers who began testing a new version of its automotive system.
Musk announced on Twitter on Monday that the version would be offered to drivers who the company considers the safest.
The autopilot system has been the subject of controversy following a series of accidents involving electric vehicles.
Tesla’s move to test beta versions of new support features under normal conditions with normal drivers, but without official permission is controversial.
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