Tesla told a California regulator that it may not achieve fully autonomous driving technology by the end of this year According For a memorandum issued by the California Department of Vehicle DMV.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in January that he was very confident that the car would be able to drive itself with superhuman reliability this year.
Tesla has also rolled out what it describes as a beta version of the FSD for a limited number of employees and customers since October, and Musk promoted the program through his Twitter account.
And while Musk has said for several years that he believes the company is close to introducing Level 5 autonomous driving – meaning its cars will not require human intervention – drivers need to keep their hands on the steering wheel when using autopilot.
Tesla raised more than $ 2 billion two years ago after Musk spoke several times about self-driving taxis that did not materialize.
The California Department of Vehicle DMV said in a note about its March 9 conference call with Tesla representatives, including robotic guide engineer CJ Moore: Musk’s tweet does not match the engineering reality, since autonomous driving is currently Level 2.
Level 2 autonomous driving technology refers to a semi-automatic driving system that requires the supervision of a human driver.
The engineer explained that Elon Musk overestimated the ability of the company’s robotic guide, or the company’s driver assistance system, early this year.
The note said: Tesla indicated that Elon extrapolates improvement rates when talking about autonomous driving capabilities of Level 5, and Tesla was unable to determine whether the rate of improvement reaches Level 5 by the end of the calendar year.
“Tesla indicated that it remains consistent at Level 2, and Tesla is aware that the public’s misunderstanding of the technology’s limits and misuse of it can have tragic consequences,” the memo added.
The memo is a rare glimpse into how the robotic guide engineers had to reconcile the high expectations set by Elon Musk with regulators’ concerns.
The California Highway Administration is investigating why a Tesla car collided with an overturned truck on a highway near Fontana, California, killing a Tesla driver, and the department did not say whether the Tesla car was powered by an autopilot or not.
Federal highway safety regulators are also investigating more than 20 accidents involving company vehicles.
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