Tesla admits Autopilot system requires 'constant monitoring'

EV giant Tesla Inc defended the safety benefits of its advanced driver assistance system Autopilot system and the Full Self-Driving (FSD) capability of its vehicles against the concerns raised by US Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey. However, the carmaker admitted that the system requires "constant monitoring and attention of the driver."

File photo used for representational purpose only (AP)
File photo used for representational purpose only

The EV maker's response comes after the US senators on February 8 raised "significant concerns" about the Autopilot and FSD systems which have prompted scrutiny from safety regulators. In the response letter, Tesla's senior director, public policy and business development Rohan Patel, said that the features enhance the ability of its customers "to drive safer than the average driver in the US."

Also Read : Tesla CEO Elon Musk takes Chinese Ambassador for a ride in Model S Plaid

He acknowledged that both these systems "require the constant monitoring and attention of the driver." He further noted that Tesla vehicles are capable of performing "some but not all of the Dynamic Driving Tasks" that can be performed by human drivers.

Also check these Cars

Find more Cars
Tesla Model 3 (HT Auto photo)
₹ 70 - 90 Lakhs* *Expected Price
View Details
Tesla Model S (HT Auto photo)
₹70 Lakhs - 1 Cr* *Expected Price
View Details
Byd Atto 3 (HT Auto photo)
₹ 33.90 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Bmw 3 Series (HT Auto photo)
₹ 42.30 - 62.90 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Bmw 3 Series Gran Limousine (HT Auto photo)
₹ 57.90 - 59.50 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Mahindra Thar (HT Auto photo)
₹ 10.98 - 16.94 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers

A statement on Tesla's website notes that the Autopilot system enables vehicles to steer, accelerate and brake automatically and "require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous." While the system allows drivers to keep their hands off the wheel at times, its torque-based hands-on-wheel detection helps ensure drivers remain attentive. Patel also noted in the letter that Tesla "understands the importance of educating owners on the capabilities of Autopilot and FSD Capability."

Tesla launched a test version of its FSD system more than a year ago, and has now expanded the deployment to 60,000 users. But the system has sparked criticism that it is risking safety by testing its technology with untrained drivers on public roads. Upon receiving Tesla's response, both the senators told Reuters that the letter was "just more evasion and deflection from Tesla. Despite its troubling safety track record and deadly crashes, the company seemingly wants to carry on with business as usual."

(with inputs from Reuters)

First Published Date: 09 Mar 2022, 09:43 AM IST
Shopping Bag Shop Now
74% OFF
Microfiber Car Cleaning Soft Brush Ideal as Mop Duster, Washing Brush with Long Handle, Dust Cleaner Car Wash Brush with Handle, Soft Brush Scratch Free, Cleaning Dashboard Curved Design - Grey
Rs. 389 Rs. 1,499
64% OFF
Antson Portable High Power 2 in 1 Car Vacuum Cleaner | USB Rechargeable Wireless Handheld Car Vacuum Cleaner Traveling, Camping Reusable and Sustainable, Portable,Rechargeable Vacuum (2 in 1)
Rs. 699 Rs. 1,939
1% OFF
GOODAIR Clear Car Windshield Enhancer | Classic |12 Tablets
Rs. 295 Rs. 299
SHAYONAM Dent Removal Kit - Powerful Car Dent Repair Kit - Suction Cup Dent Puller Handle Lifter and Dent Repair Puller for Car Body Dent, Glass, Tiles and Mirror (Plastic)
Rs. 399

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
Powered by: Acko Logo
Please be noted that any information provided herein above will be received by Acko General Insurance Limited (“Acko”). By mentioning the above information, you agree to provide these details and information to Acko.
By clicking "View Offers" you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city
Couldn't verify the OTP.
It's either expired or it's incorrect.