Η Jennifer Homendy, President of National Transport Safety Council (NTSB), told the Wall Street Journal that Tesla will have to face some “key security issues”Before extending the“ full self-driving ”(FSD) mode.
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, recently stated that the company is aiming for a wider release of FSD by the end of September, offering a "public beta button" to more customers of the automotive industry. According to the WSJ, the software is expected to be upgraded, which was designed primarily for driving on major highways. The goal of the upgrade is the ability autonomous driving in the city streets.
However, NTSB Homendy expressed its concerns and objections to Tesla's use of the term "full self-driving"; as he considers this term "misleading", Adding that Tesla"clearly misled many people into misusing and abusing technology“. The NTSB can conduct investigations and make recommendations, but it does not have the power to impose anything.
According to documents obtained from the site PlainSite in May, the head of software Autopilot Tesla had told the California Department of Vehicles that Musk it had overestimate the capabilities of the company's advanced driver support system, the forerunner of "full self-driving" (FSD) mode.
In February 2020, the NTSB found that Tesla's Autopilot system was one of possible causes for a fatal accident in 2018. It is said that the driver of the vehicle was playing a game on his mobile phone and was using the autopilot because he was too confident about the capabilities of the Autopilot system.
The NTSB also said that Tesla ignored the security recommendations given to it in 2017 regarding the Autopilot. The agency told Tesla and five other automakers that they would need to add some security measures to advanced autonomous driving systems to make them more difficult to abuse. He also advised the automakers to limit where and when such systems can be used. Tesla was the only carmaker to not officially respond to the NTSB's recommendations, although it increased the frequency of alerts when drivers left the steering wheel while using Autopilot.
Source: The Verge