Federal regulators want to know what Elon Musk meant in a Tweet about disabling driver alerts on Tesla’s “Full Self Driving” driver assistance system.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed on Monday that it is in contact with Tesla regarding Musk’s tweet in which he “endorsed” that Tesla drivers should be allowed to disable the warning and remind them to keep their hands on the wheel while in “Full Self Driving “. ” mode, which is a driver assistance system in an early “beta” version that does not fully drive the car itself.
“Agreed, update coming in January,” Musk replied.
NHTSA says the issue falls under the agency’s existing investigation into the performance of Tesla’s driver assistance systems.
“The opening of the investigation was motivated by an accumulation of accidents in which Tesla vehicles, operating with the autopilot activated, struck stationary first aid vehicles on the road or on the roadside that tended to pre-existing collision sites,” reads the summary of the investigation that opened in June .
The federal investigation into the tweet was first reported by the Associated Press.