Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) has told a California regulator that it may not achieve full autonomous driving technology by the end of this year, a note from the California Department of Motor Vehicles ( DMV).
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on a earnings conference call in January that he was “very confident that the car will be able to perform with greater reliability than humans this year.”
Tesla has also rolled out what it describes as a “beta” version of its “fully autonomous driving” (FSD) program to a limited number of employees and customers since October, and Musk has been touting the capability on Twitter.
“Elon’s tweet doesn’t match the engineering reality, according to CJ. Tesla is currently at Level 2, ”the California DMV said in a note about its March 9 conference call with representatives from Tesla, including autopilot engineer CJ Moore. Level 2 technology refers to a semi-automated driving system, which requires the supervision of a human driver.
The note was released by legal transparency group PlainSite, which obtained it under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
“Tesla indicated that Elon extrapolated the improvement rates by talking about L5 capabilities. Tesla couldn’t say if the improvement rate would reach L5 by the end of the calendar year, ”the memo said, referring to the fully autonomous Level 5. Technology.
The California DMV, Tesla and Moore were not immediately available for comment.
“Tesla has indicated that they are still firmly in L2,” the California DMV said in the note. “As Tesla knows, the public’s misunderstanding of the limits of technology and its misuse can have tragic consequences. “
The California Highway Patrol is investigating why a Tesla vehicle crashed into an overturned truck on a freeway near Fontana, Calif., On Wednesday, killing the Tesla driver. The patrol did not say whether the Tesla was operating on autopilot or not.
Federal road safety regulators are investigating more than 20 crashes involving Tesla vehicles.
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