The US Auto Safety Regulatory Authority said on Thursday that it is closely monitoring Tesla’s release of a program aimed at allowing its cars to drive itself, saying it is prepared to protect the public from safety risks.
Tesla released a test version on Tuesday night for what it calls an upgrade of its Full Self Driving program to an unknown number of “expert and cautious” drivers. The release sparked posts from enthusiastic recipients who shared videos of their car driving independently on city streets at night.
During the earnings call to Tesla on Wednesday, CEO (Elon Musk) said that the latest update had been widely released by the end of this year, as the system grew stronger as more data was collected.
“The NHTSA has been briefed on the new Tesla feature, which represents an expansion of the existing driver assistance system,” NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) said in a statement. It added that it will closely monitor the new technology and will not hesitate to take measures to protect the public from excessive safety risks.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in July that the crash investigation team “looked at 19 crashes of Tesla vehicles where some form of advanced driver assistance system was believed to be operating at the time of the accident.”
Musk had always promised to provide self-driving service for the company’s cars, but he missed many of the deadlines he set himself.
Researchers, regulators and insurance groups say true autonomy has been elusive for years and more complex than companies expected several years ago. They criticized Tesla’s promotion of the current semi-automatic (autopilot) system as being seriously misleading.
Automated driving and similar advanced driver assistance systems can provide support for steering wheel steering, braking and acceleration under limited conditions, generally on highways.
It describes Tesla website released the new program as “Autosteer on City Streets,” saying: The system requires active driver supervision, and does not make the car completely autonomous.
On Thursday, Musk said: Tesla owners can buy “fully autonomous driving” for $ 8,000 in hopes of eventually getting the upgrade, with the price increasing by $ 2,000 on Monday.