California is re-evaluating Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) testing program to determine whether the electric car manufacturer’s software should be subject to the Motor Vehicle Division’s autonomous vehicle regulations, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
FSD is an advanced driver assistance system that performs some driving tasks, but Tesla says it doesn’t make vehicles fully autonomous. The features “require a fully observant driver,” the company said.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) informed Tesla last week of the state regulator’s assessment, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“Recent software updates, videos showing dangerous uses of that technology, open investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the opinions of other experts in the field have prompted a re-evaluation,” the DMV said, the report said.
The RDW and Tesla did not immediately respond to requests from Reuters for comment.
In October last year, Tesla vehicles running the then-latest 10.3 FSD software repeatedly issued forward collision warnings when there was no immediate danger, according to video posts from beta users. However, Tesla fixed the software within a day.
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