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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

US Regulator is Watching Tesla’s Release of New “Self-Driving Software”

The United States auto safety regulator announced on Thursday afternoon it was closely watching Tesla’s release of a software version intended to allow its vehicles to drive for themselves, pointing out it stood ready to protect the public against safety risks.

The United States auto safety regulator announced on Thursday afternoon it was closely watching Tesla’s release of a software version intended to allow its vehicles to drive for themselves, pointing out it stood ready to protect the public against safety risks.

“NHTSA has been briefed on Tesla’s new feature, which represents an expansion of its existing driver assistance system. The agency will monitor the new technology closely and will not hesitate to take action to protect (the) public against unreasonable risks to safety,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement.

On Tuesday night, Tesla released a beta version of what it calls a “Full Self Driving” software upgrade to an undisclosed number of “expert, careful” drivers. The release of this new software prompted online posts by excited recipients who shared video snippets of their vehicle driving supposedly autonomously on city streets at night.

During a Tesla earnings call on Wednesday afternoon, Chief Executive Elon Musk explained that the latest upgrade was planned to be widely released by December 2020, with the system becoming more robust as it collected more information.

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