The Associated Press reported on Monday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Tesla CEO Elon Musk over a tweet he sent in December, in which he suggested the company would turn off driver monitoring alerts for some owners beta-testing “Full Self-Driving,” a version of autopilot that is not yet fully autonomous and requires driver oversight.
According to the Associated Press, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has included Musk’s tweet as part of a bigger inquiry into 14 Teslas that have collided with emergency vehicles while Autopilot was on. A Twitter user asked Musk at the end of last month if people who had driven more than 10,000 miles in the Full Self-Driving beta could off the “wheel nag” messages that have them touch the wheel to check they are paying attention.
After hearing the person’s concerns, Musk stated he agreed and that an update will be coming in the new year. To make sure that drivers are still paying attention, Tesla’s technology utilizes both cameras and steering-wheel torque measurements. Musk eliminated Tesla’s public relations team in 2020, so we couldn’t get a reaction from them.
Users with more than 10,000 miles on FSD Beta should be given the option to turn off the steering wheel nag. @elonmusk
— Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog) December 31, 2022
A message left with the NHTSA for comment went unanswered for some time. As a result of Musk’s purchase of Twitter in October and greater competition from every other automobile maker, Tesla’s stock has plummeted, prompting the probe. Tesla owners and investors are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with Musk’s continued controversy on Twitter, such as when he linked the attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of Rep.
Agreed, update coming in Jan
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 31, 2022
Nancy Pelosi, to a conspiracy theory, or when he attacked Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Considering Musk’s apparent preoccupation with Twitter, the fresh developments may increase the pressure on Tesla to find a new CEO. Partial autonomous driving advertising is illegal in California due to a regulation approved earlier this year.
A tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk in December suggested the company would turn off driver monitoring alerts for some owners beta-testing “Full Self-Driving,” a version of autopilot that is not yet fully autonomous and requires driver oversight, according to a report from The Associated Press published on Monday.
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