Tesla did not respond to a request for comment and does not generally engage with professional news media.
Tesla drivers will have to do a confidentiality exchange. Drivers who want quick access to technology must be willing to allow Tesla to collect data about their driving style and judge them.
What is “fully autonomous driving?” “
Tesla claimed in 2016 that all of its new vehicles have the hardware capability of “fully autonomous driving” and that it will soon offer the complementary software for the cars to drive themselves.
Musk said he thinks people will be able to fall asleep in Tesla while driving. He spoke of a future that includes a million robotaxis and Teslas moving across the country.
Tesla is rolling out access to “fully autonomous driving” as its customers grow frustrated and tired of waiting years for technology. Some are increasingly skeptical of Musk’s claims.
Even Tesla is asking drivers who sign up for the tech to recognize that “FSD Beta doesn’t make my car self-sufficient.”
Most autonomous vehicle experts believe that fully autonomous driving means a car in which a person could safely fall asleep while driving, and no attentive human driver is needed. Regulators have repeatedly criticized Tesla’s use of the term “fully autonomous driving”.
So far, their actions have been more barking than biting. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has repeatedly said in statements that there are no vehicles available for sale that can drive themselves. But driver assistance systems such as autopilot and “fully autonomous driving” are currently unregulated, so Tesla and other automakers can deploy driver assistance technology of their choice. . There are signs that this may change.
The NHTSA has launched an investigation into the Teslas emergency vehicles on the back of the autopilot stopped on the roadway. The administration also requested detailed data from automakers on their driver assistance system, and the harsh talk continued.
“Tesla is placing untrained drivers on public roads as testers for their misleading and unproven name system – an apparent recipe for disaster,” US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said on Sunday. “Serious security concerns should turn this reckless plan upside down. This is Russian roulette for unsuspecting drivers and the public. “
Blumenthal has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Tesla’s autonomous driving features, and applauded the NHTSA investigation.
How does Tesla decide which drivers will have access to “fully autonomous driving”?
Tesla announced on Saturday a “safety score,” which he says will estimate the likelihood that a driver could be involved in a collision. The safety score will track hard braking, aggressive turns, tailgating, forward collision warnings and autopilot disengages, according to Tesla. (Autopilot generally refers to Tesla’s more rudimentary suite of driver assistance features, like traffic-sensitive cruise control.)
Not everyone has access yet
Tesla owners who have an older version of Tesla’s touchscreen computer in their vehicles have described on social media and to CNN Business that they don’t have the option to sign up for “fully autonomous driving.” “.
Tesla owners with early vehicle models, before the “fully autonomous driving” hardware update in 2016, generally can’t access them either. Tesla owners outside the United States have also described on social media that they do not have access to the demand for “fully autonomous driving.”
It is not known, however, how many in total may or may not be given the option of requesting access to the “completely stand-alone” beta software. Tesla does not release information on how many drivers have purchased the option, or when, how, or how many drivers will be able to monitor their cars while attempting to drive themselves.