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August 29, 2023  |  permalink

Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” Is Anything But

CNBC’s Lora Kolodny was kind enough to quote me in her story on Tesla’s receiving a special special order from the National Highway Transportation Administration in late July requiring it to provide extensive data about its Autopilot and driver monitoring systems to the agency. They’re especially interested in a special configuration known as “Elon mode” that eliminates a so-called “nag” that normally prompts owners to keep their hands on the steering wheel. Musk himself was shown demonstrating the feature in a video he livestreamed to X (neé Twitter) seemingly designed to taunt regulators.

His use of Tesla’s systems would likely comprise a violation of the company’s own terms of use for Autopilot, FSD and FSD Beta, according to Greg Lindsay, an Urban Tech fellow at Cornell. He told CNBC, the entire drive was like “waving a red flag in front of NHTSA.”

As usual, Musk will likely face no consequences. At all.

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Greg Lindsay is a generalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a non-resident senior fellow of the Arizona State University Threatcasting Lab, a non-resident senior fellow of MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab, and a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Strategy Initiative. He was the founding chief communications officer of Climate Alpha and remains a senior advisor. Previously, he was an urban tech fellow at Cornell Tech’s Jacobs Institute, where he explored the implications of AI and augmented reality at urban scale.

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