Tesla vehicles may not be safe for beginner drivers
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fully self-driving Teslas aren’t as safe as manufacturers claim.
Tesla unveiled a limited beta version of its Tesla Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta program in October 2020.
In January 2021, Santa Monica-based investment manager and Tesla supporter Ross Gerber issued a statement claiming that “there have been no accidents or injuries since the launch of the FSD beta. None”.
However, by January 1, 2021, drivers who participated in the FSD beta program had already complained about it. The reasons for the complaints are that Tesla cars don`t break or do it at the wrong time, pull towards other vehicles, drive on the wrong lane, jump over curbs, and even don`t allow the driver to regain control.
Eight complaints resulted in accidents, and many more were on the verge of accidents that were only averted by the driver’s actions.
Tesla has since been criticized for opening up beta testing to non-professional drivers on public roads, but Elon Musk made no comment regarding the newly discovered number of FSD-related crashes.
You can read the descriptions of FSD-related crashes below.
Brea, CA: “The car was in beta FSD mode and while turning left the car went into the wrong lane and I was hit by another driver in the lane next to my lane. The car gave a warning 1/2 way through the curve so I tried to turn the wheel to keep it from going into the wrong lane, but the car took control and forced itself into the wrong lane, creating an unsafe maneuver, putting everyone involved at risk. The car was badly damaged on the driver’s side.”
Jackson, Missouri: “The car was on FSD, pulled to the right towards the semi-trailer, then pulled left to the posts in the middle lane as it accelerated and the FSD didn’t turn off. I tried to control the car, but it kept pushing and accelerating, causing us to crash into the center pillar.