You’re here (NASDAQ: TSLA), the world’s most valuable automaker, disagrees with the U.S. National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) over the supposed efficiency and safety of its semi-autonomous driving system, dubbed the Automatic pilot.
As we noted earlier, the NTSB has long maintained a critical stance on Tesla’s use of Full Self-Driving (FSD) labeling for enhanced autopilot functionality, claiming the label gives rise to concerns. misinterpreted connotations and a false sense of security. In fact, NTSB President Jennifer Homendy recently called FSD labeling “Deceptive and irresponsible” and urged Tesla to address ongoing security concerns through autopilot before introducing new features.
While this disagreement between Tesla and the NTSB has been brewing for some time, the problem has grown in recent days as a scientific article validated the agency’s concerns.
Namely, a study by MIT, titled “a model of naturalistic gaze behavior around Tesla autopilot disengages”, Probed at a glance data from 290 human-initiated autopilot disengagement epochs. The document finds that FSD labeling encourages drivers to become more complacent:
“Visual behavior patterns change before and after AP [Autopilot] disengagement. Before disengagement, drivers looked less at the road and focused more on areas unrelated to driving than after the transition to manual driving. The higher proportion of off-road looks before disengaging manual driving was not offset by longer looks ahead.
Keep in mind that Tesla has now opened up its FSD beta program to a much larger group of participants. As a reminder, Tesla’s autopilot system recently underwent a major overhaul, with the company ditching the radar sensor in favor of eight cameras. Tesla sells the FSD functionality of the Autopilot system as a separate add-on that can be purchased through a lump sum of $ 10,000 or a subscription of $ 199 per month.
We noted in a previous article that Tesla’s FSD capability is a misnomer at this point, with the system allowing automatic lane changes and parking but not the full range that FSD tagging implies. According to Tesla’s own confession to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, autopilot is a Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) SAE Level 2. On the other hand, a true FSD system would be equivalent to an SAE level 5 ADAS.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 25, 2021
This brings us to the crux of the matter. Tesla CEO Elon Musk directed the sharp anger of his supporters against Homendy when he tweeted his Wikipedia page. Now, after a number of attacks on its page, Wikipedia has applied its full protection protocols to Homendy’s profile:
Keep in mind that according to Wikipedia Politics, this is only done when there is a “Persistent disruption of extended confirmed accounts; critical or extremely frequently used models and modules.
This is, of course, a very disturbing development and follows a pattern that many have grown accustomed to over the years. After all, not too long ago, Musk called the SEC a “Short sellers enrichment commission. “
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