There is a complaint registered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) pertaining to Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta.
The accident involved a Model Y vehicle in FSD condition that crashed in Brea, California, on November 3 after turning over into the wrong lane. The Tesla was “severely damaged” on the driver’s side. No injuries were reported.
In July, Consumer Reports warned that FSD did not have enough precision or safety precautions while driving. It was common to see the vehicles missing turns, going into the bushes, and hitting parked cars. This was a threat to other traffic and people.
Just a few months later, the chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, Jennifer Homendy, criticized the company for letting drivers request access to the service before it had overcome what the agency Viewed as “design flaws”.
Tesla has admitted that its FSD has acquired only level 2 autonomy, which is measured on weight from 1 to 5. Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey have urged FTC to see if Tesla is being honest in advertising its new technology.
Even Musk had warned the drivers to “be paranoid,” admitting that the FSD beta will bring “unknown problems.” People’s suspicions and reservations about this autonomous model are now proving to be true.
It is unclear what the next steps would be regarding the FSD. These incidents have gathered to demand a need for more cautious driving mechanisms and proper regulation of autonomous driving. However, there is nothing practical that is being done till now. It is feared that if the situation is left unchecked, it can escalate and create life-threatening issues for the traffic around and also the passersby.