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Blog Report: NTSB Chair Criticizes Tesla’s Full Self-Driving System

Investigators believe Tesla is acting “irresponsible” for calling its high-end Autopilot system “full self-driving.”

According to a Wall Street Journal report, National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy told the outlet that Tesla “has clearly misled numerous people to misuse and abuse the technology.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent U.S. government investigative agency responsible for civil transportation accident investigation.

Autopilot is a suite of driver assistance features that comes standard with the purchase of a new car or can be purchased after delivery. It offers features like autosteer and traffic-aware cruise control. The FSD package can perform tasks like actively guiding a car from a highway’s on-ramp to off-ramp, including suggesting lane changes, navigating interchanges, automatically engaging the turn signal and taking the correct exit. It can also identify stop signs and traffic lights and automatically slows a car to a stop on approach, among other features.

“Basic safety issues have to be addressed before they then expand it to other city streets and other areas,” Homendy said in an interview with WSJ.

Tesla is currently being investigated after several reports of crashes with emergency vehicles while Autopilot is engaged.

The V10 update for FSD was well-received, with some reviewers showing their cars navigating through areas that it was previously unable to complete without driver intervention. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has said the next version will be another noticeable step in performance for the system. That version is expected later this month.
Elon should definitely change the name to NFSD (Not Full Self-Driving) like he did with Not a Flame-thrower (which is not a flame-thrower).

Having a future product called "Full Self-Driving" that is actually full self-driving and a current product that is not but is called "Full Self-Driving capability" is confusing. Unless FSD Beta is a beta of FSD, then it's not that confusing.


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Jun 21, 2020
Bay Area CA
There's a nice revolving door between government and all parts of industry. Government regulators compete for industry jobs by more or less selling out. Then industry goes through a shake-up and these fine people go back into government only to look for industry jobs once again.

Tesla famously doesn't advertise or hire tons of former government politicians, regulators, their friends, or family.

So many of these types of issues would simply disappear if Tesla and Elon would just play ball and spread the wealth. Just start advertising, donating to re-election campaigns, PACs, sponsor fact find trips, ...etc... and hire fine government folks into Tesla's (executive) management ranks. These people know people that can make all sorts of problems go away or never happen by sinking stories. ;)

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We have a 2020 Model 3 and paid the $10,000 for the FSD--which of course is not ready. We signed up for the Beta version but so far our score is only 97. It should be higher but the car has been glitchy: phantom breaking, balkiness at greenlights, bizarre sudden stops in construction zones---and more. I just wrote to Elon on Twitter about this issue. We'll see if he answers. It's ridiculous that we should be told we can't try out the Beta after forking over 10grand!

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