However, according to self-driving car experts and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees cars, there are actually no self-driving cars available for sale today. They said that Tesla’s “self-driving” is more like an enhanced cruise control.
Tesla said that a Human drivers need to keep an eye on and be prepared to take over, and the company Only the driver it considers the safest to have initial access to the system.
Despite these limitations, Tesla is free to call its technology “fully autonomous driving.” Tesla owners who download the “fully autonomous driving” beta must check a box to confirm that they know they have a responsibility to keep their hands on the steering wheel and be alert and must be ready to take action at all times. It said that “fully autonomous driving” would not allow their cars to drive autonomously.
A person who bought a Tesla car on his website referred to the technology described in capital letters as “fully autonomous driving,” but the small print below indicates that the technology is a driving assistance technology. Driver assistance technology is designed to help humans drive more safely, with functions such as forward collision warning, blind spot warning and lane departure warning system.
Reimer said that the US government does not have performance standards for autonomous driving assistance technology. In terms of these technologies, Tesla or any car manufacturer can basically do whatever they want.
“We are at the mercy of automakers to install safety systems. We rely on drivers who want to take unfavorable risks,” Car and Highway Safety Advocate Chairman Cathy Chase told CNN Business. “The combination of the two is the perfect storm of future disasters.”
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment, nor did it contact professional news media.
They wrote: “When the expectations of drivers exceed the capabilities of their vehicles, serious and fatal accidents can and do result.”
The Federal Trade Commission, which is responsible for protecting consumers from deceptive or unfair business practices, declined to tell CNN Business why it did not take any action against Tesla. A spokesperson said that the US Federal Trade Commission also stated that it would not comment on whether there were any public investigations.
Choosing the wrong technology
According to autonomous driving and legal experts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Congress can push the agency to regulate certain things, but in recent years it has missed opportunities to focus on driver assistance technologies.
“It has taken many, many steps forward, and we have not yet solved the problem that can save lives,” Chase said.
Bryant Walker Smith, a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, said that European regulators are far ahead of the United States in regulating driver assistance technology.Smith said that technologies such as pedestrian detection and automatic braking have There are mandatory requirements for new cars, and there should be performance standards for them.
“There are some low-hanging fruit,” Smith said. “We can save lives sooner than we can have self-driving cars.”