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Consumer Reports: Tesla “Full Self-Driving” Software Does Not Have Safeguards

Reuters reports Consumer Reports “said Tuesday that Tesla Inc’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ software lacks safeguards and raised concerns the system’s use on public roads puts the public at risk citing reports from drivers.” CR cited videos uploaded to social media showing motorists utilizing the software and brought up “concerns about issues, including ‘vehicles missing turns, scraping against bushes, and heading toward parked cars.’” Reuters also says that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in June “disclosed it has opened 30 investigations into Tesla crashes involving 10 deaths since 2016 where advanced driver assistance systems were suspected of use.”

TechCrunch reports CR “issued a statement on Tuesday saying [Tesla’s] software upgrade does not appear to be safe enough for public roads, and that it would independently test the software update on its Model Y SUV once it receives the necessary software updates.” TechCrunch goes on to say that NHTSA during June put out “a standing general order that requires manufacturers and operators of vehicles with SAE Level 2 ADAS or SAE levels 3, 4 or 5 automated driving systems to report crashes.” In a statement, NHTSA Acting Administrator Dr. Steven Cliff said, “NHTSA’s core mission is safety. By mandating crash reporting, the agency will have access to critical data that will help quickly identify safety issues that could emerge in these automated systems.” Cliff also said, “In fact, gathering data will help instill public confidence that the federal government is closely overseeing the safety of automated vehicles.”

Other coverage includes Forbes.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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