It doesn’t take autonomous software for a driver to make unsafe decisions, but the margin of error is far too small to take any real risks.
For that very reason, the US auto safety regulator said on Thursday that it was carefully monitoring the release of Tesla’s full self-driving software, as reported by Yahoo Finance, adding that it was ready to protect US communities against any safety risks the update might pose.
Tesla’s full self-driving beta software upgrade was released to a number of “expert, careful” drivers on Wednesday night, explaining the cause for concern. CEO Elon Musk has also stated that the software would be ready for a wide release by the end of this year.
— Tesla Owners Silicon Valley (@teslaownersSV) October 22, 2020
In a statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said, “NHTSA has been briefed on Tesla’s new feature, which represents an expansion of its existing driver assistance system.” The organization continued, “The agency will monitor the new technology closely and will not hesitate to take action to protect (the) public against unreasonable risks to safety.”
FSD beta rollout happening tonight. Will be extremely slow & cautious, as it should.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 20, 2020
Only time will tell how safe the full self-driving features are, and until the software proves itself, drivers would be right to remain a little on edge.
Zachary Visconti is a news writer covering Tesla and other EV companies, as well as stories about electric battery news, autonomous driving, and all things sustainable technology. Currently residing in Santa Rosa, California. Loves his wife, his cat Banks, and a good cup of coffee.