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NTSB Asks NHTSA for More Self-Driving Car Rules, Citing Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' Beta

By CNet

March 15, 2021

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The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has requested tougher rules for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and self-driving car development and testing on public roads from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

NTSB's Robert Sumwalt cited electric-vehicle company Tesla's beta test of its Level 2 ADAS on public roads with regular drivers, called Full Self-Driving, as "having limited oversight or reporting requirements."

Sumwalt said, "NHTSA's hands-off approach to oversight of [autonomous vehicle] testing poses a potential risk to motorists and other road users."

Ideally, NHTSA would not only impose stronger rules for ADAS testing on public roads, but also provide clear terminology that improves customer understanding of ADAS' capabilities, and ban manufacturers' use of marketing to exaggerate those capabilities.

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