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NTSB asks NHTSA for more self-driving car rules, citing Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ beta

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NTSB Chair Robert Sumwalt is not pleased with Tesla’s Full Self-Driving beta. One of the things that Tesla likes to do is give the features of its cars friendly sounding, easy-to-remember names. Ludicrous mode, fart mode, and Autopilot are examples of this. For the most part, this is fine, but sometimes — and this is the case with Autopilot — those names can give people a false sense of confidence .

Of course, the latest and probably most egregious example of this is with the “Full Self-Driving” (FSD) option that Tesla has been pushing for years, but which has only recently been getting out into the world as a semipublic beta test . Now, Tesla boss Elon Musk has admitted to regulators that the FSD beta is really just an advanced driver-assistance system , but now some of those regulators are concerned that the lack of regulation in naming and testing these systems could be a recipe for disaster, according to a report published Friday by CNBC . Climb in the driver’s seat

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