The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received a report of an accident related to Tesla's "fully automated driving" (FSD) test feature. On November 3, a Tesla Model Y in FSD test mode was involved in an accident in Brea, a city southeast of Los Angeles. Although the car was badly damaged, fortunately no one was injured during the accident.
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The report was also highly publicized as an early incident in Tesla's efforts to build a new driver assistance system.
NHTSA has conducted a detailed investigation of Tesla's Autopilot system, but the crash report appears to have been written by the Model Y owner himself, and an NHTSA spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
● The Model Y was in FSD Beta mode at the time of the crash. But when it was supposed to turn left, the car swerved into the wrong lane and was hit by another car.
● The Model Y sounded an alarm halfway around a turn, and the owner tried to turn the steering wheel to avoid going into the wrong lane, but the system took control of the car anyway.
● The unsafe handling of the accident put all traffic participants at risk, and the Model Y suffered severe crash damage on one side.
TheVerge editor Andrew j. Hawkins points to tesla's decision to let untrained drivers test its "FSD" driver assistance software on public roads. The company has decided to press ahead despite the massive criticism and scrutiny it has provoked.
Since launch, the company has rolled out and withdrawn several versions of the earlier system software update, but apparently a number of software bugs have not been fixed in time.
On the Internet, we've seen many high-profile video clips of Tesla owners sharing their FSD beta experiences.
Some clips show driver assistance systems confidently handling complex driving scenarios, but many others depict cars drifting into the wrong lane or making other serious mistakes.
(1) Autopilot at this stage should not be translated as L5 "autonomous driving", but L2 "automatic assistance driving".
(2) At this stage, "Full self-driving" should not be translated into "fully automatic Driving". The owner still needs to take over the control of the vehicle at any time.