Tesla is using customers to test AV tech on public roads: NTSB


A Tesla Model S car equipped with Autopilot

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The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for stronger federal requirements for the design and use of automated driving systems on public roads in the U.S., and it’s citing Tesla as an example of why.

In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last month, NTSB chief Robert Sumwalt named Tesla 16 times, and pointed to the company’s willingness to put a beta product on the road as one major reason to make rules clear and stringent at a federal level.

He wrote:

“Tesla recently released a beta version of its Level 2 Autopilot system, described as having full self-driving…


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