California Passes Law Banning Tesla From Calling Vehicle Software Full Self-Driving, Because It’s False Advertising That Makes It Believe They’re Fully Self-Driving


The CEO of Cruise is of the opinion that even in decades, we will not get truly 100% autonomous vehicles. However, the American manufacturer Tesla already associates terminology such as Full Self-Driving or Autopilot with the advertising of its vehicles. California just passed a law that prohibits Tesla from calling the software in its vehicles Full Self-Driving. Reason: it’s false advertising that suggests that Tesla vehicles are fully autonomous.

A manufacturer or dealer shall not name a partial driving automation feature or describe a partial driving automation feature in advertising materials using language that implies or could otherwise lead a reasonable person to believe that the feature enables the vehicle to function as an autonomous vehicle or that it has functionality that is not actually included in the function. A violation of this subdivision is considered false advertising, it reads.

A new update for Tesla vehicles has been available since the midpoint of the month drawing to a close. The novelty: Tesla launches Steam in its cars with thousands of games. The maneuver came to revive the debate around the terminology put forward by the manufacturer (Full Self-Driving, Autopilot, etc.) Indeed, it reinforces the idea of ​​Don’t worry, you can even play behind the wheel, Tesla takes care of everything, you have nothing to manage and you have thought of nothing other than entertainment above all. This issue of safety in connection with distracted driving occurs in a context where the manufacturer itself recognizes that its vehicles are still at the driver assistance stage. However, users consider them to be fully autonomous point cars.

Automation available in vehicles available for purchase today is considered both Level 1 or Level 2. It applies to systems capable of deciphering one or more parts of the driving task under the supervision of the driver. These systems are far from Level 5 automation, in which all driving technique can be performed without human intervention in all conditions.

Despite the limitations of current systems, some names seem too surprising in terms of the driver’s ability to divert their attention from the road. A study reveals a comment on the names used by manufacturers so that these systems can send the wrong messages to drivers regarding their level of attention. Another found that drivers didn’t always understand the important information communicated by the system’s notches.

A practical case is that of the name “Autopilot. The latter is likely to lead people to overestimate the capabilities of Tesla’s driver assistance technology. Critics warn that some customers will assume that a system called Autopilot is fully autonomous. Tesla advocates respond by explaining that the aircraft’s autopilot capabilities are not fully autonomous. Pilots still need to monitor their operation and intervene in the event of a problem, and Tesla’s autopilot system is not no different.

A survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provides valuable data to support this debate. The group asked drivers questions about the capabilities of five Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). They identified the products only by their brand: Autopilot (used by Tesla), Traffic Jam Assist (Audi and Acura), Super Cruise (Cadillac), Driving Assistant Plus (BMW) and ProPilot Assist (Nissan). Survey participants did not know which manufacturer manufactured each product and they did not know its capabilities. There were 2,000 respondents in total, but each was only asked about two out of five systems, resulting in a few hundred responses for each product.

It should be noted that none of these systems reliably handles lane keeping and speed control in all situations. All requiring drivers to remain attentive, and all but Super Cruise, warn the driver if their hands are not detected on the steering wheel. Super Cruise instead uses a camera to monitor the driver’s gaze and put out a warning if the driver isn’t looking ahead.

For the ADAS system, drivers were asked about the safety of various activities that are not recommended by car manufacturers (from taking your hands off the wheel to napping while driving). More participants felt that doing each of these actions was harmless with Autopilot on than with any of the other four ADAS systems.

For example, 48% of respondents said it was safe for a driver to take their hands off the wheel when Autopilot was on, compared to about 33% for ProPilot Assist and less than 30% for other nominal systems. Six percent of drivers said it was safe to nap in a car with Autopilot enabled, while only three percent said the same for other ADAS systems.

Tesla has just announced the launch of Steam in its vehicles, taking into account all this data, and therefore reinforces fears related to distracted driving.

Distracted driving is a major cause of the increasing number of road deaths in the United States. In the first six months of this year, 20,160 people died in road accidents, according to estimates by the transport minister. This is an increase of 18.4% from the first half of 2020 and the highest figure since 2006. Driver inattention is later cited as the cause of around 10% of dcs on the road said Steve Kiefer, a senior General Motors executive who also runs a foundation dedicated to fighting distracted driving. But he and other safety experts believe the real figure is much higher because, they say, accident investigations often overlook distraction and cite other causes, such as dangerous driving. I think the number is closer to 50 percent, Kiefer said.

Distracted driving results from activities that take a driver’s hands off the wheel, take their eyes off the road, or distract their attention from the task of driving. It’s often linked to smartphone use, such as texting or emailing while driving, but drivers can also read books or wear makeup. Some states prohibit hand-held cell phone use while driving. Automakers, Apple and Google have developed in-vehicle software to make it easier to use voice commands to send text messages and make phone calls hands-free while driving.

Source: CLI

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