Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Breitbart; California regulators are officially reviewing Tesla’s claim to have a “full self-driving capability”.

Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’ Falls Short of Its Name

The pricey option doesn’t make the car self-driving, and now Tesla’s promises are under scrutiny by state regulators in California

By Mike Monticello and Keith Barry
Last updated: May 19, 2021

The features might be cutting edge, even cool, but we think buyers should be wary of shelling out $10,000 for what electric car company Tesla calls its Full Self-Driving Capability option. Tesla claims every new vehicle it builds includes all the hardware necessary to be fully autonomous, and the company says that through future over-the-air software updates, its cars should eventually be capable of driving themselves—for a price.

But for now, Full Self-Driving Capability, which includes features that can assist the driver with parking, changing lanes on the highway, and even coming to a complete halt at traffic lights and stop signs, remains a misnomer. And as federal investigations of crashes involving Tesla vehicles add up, regulators are increasingly scrutinizing Tesla’s claims.

Earlier this week, the California Department of Motor Vehicles put Tesla “under review” for public statements that may violate state regulations that prohibit automakers from advertising vehicles for sale or lease as autonomous unless the vehicle meets the statutory and regulatory definition of an autonomous vehicle and the company holds a deployment permit, the agency’s press office confirmed to CR. 

As of May 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has initiated 28 special crash investigations into crashes involving Tesla vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems, including Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability. And safety experts worry that the automaker’s bold claims risk the kind of misuse that has been widely seen on social media, where some owners have demonstrated unsafe behavior by relying too much on the car’s autonomous abilities.  

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The rest of the Consumer Reports article describes detailed testing self driving feature testing performed on a Tesla, and hilights of some fascinating small print caveats in Tesla’s description of their self driving systems.

via Watts Up With That?

May 23, 2021