Safety of Tesla's Self-Driving Called Into Question

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July 21, 2021—Consumer Reports said Tuesday that Tesla’s "Full Self-Driving" software lacks safeguards and raised concerns the system's use on public roads puts the public at risk, Reuters reported. 

The influential consumer publication cited videos posted on social media of drivers using it and raised concerns about issues, including "vehicles missing turns, scraping against bushes, and heading toward parked cars."

"Videos of FSD Beta 9 (Tesla’s software update) in action don’t show a system that makes driving safer or even less stressful,” says Jake Fisher, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center. “Consumers are simply paying to be test engineers for developing technology without adequate safety protection.”

Last month, NHTSA disclosed it has opened 30 investigations into Tesla crashes involving 10 deaths since 2016 where advanced driver assistance systems were suspected of use.

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