Tesla May Find it More Difficult to Convince Europe to Approve FSD Vehicles Than Elon Musk Would Like!
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- Tesla CEO Elon Musk may be overly optimistic about the company’s driver-assistance technology receiving regulatory approval.
Elon Musk is optimistic that Tesla’s EV will launch the FSD in Europe this summer, but I’m not so sure. The region is famous to come down on the side of caution, and customizing the program to recognize the many languages, traffic laws, and road layout is difficult. Regulators expect the designers of these systems to have designed them to accommodate drivers traveling from Denmark, down via Germany as well as the Czech Republic, and then on to Hungary. That’s a lot of complications.
Musk stated last month that Tesla still has a lot of work to perform on special-case traffic conditions before it is ready to show European authorities FSD. Even yet, he anticipates that they will be less tolerant than their American counterparts.
Yes, to a point. The National Transportation Safety Board in the United States has initiated two defects investigations into Tesla’s basic Autopilot driver-assistance technology. The first investigation was launched following a dozen occurrences in the past 4 years wherein Tesla cars crashed into first responder cars. The steps suggest that Washington officials are getting impatient with the automaker. Any crackdown on Automation in the United States by what Musk has dubbed “the fun police” will not assist Tesla’s chances of having Full-Self-Driving approved in Europe.
To be sure, European policymakers are desperate to avoid falling behind the United States and China in the field of autonomous driving. Last year, German legislators decided to allow certain autonomous car experiments on public roads. Mercedes-Benz received regulatory permission for a hands-free driving system in Germany late last year, before Tesla. However, the technology has only been allowed for use on parts of the country’s Autobahn highway network at speeds of up to 37 miles (Sixty kilometers) per hour. This means that it is mostly used for heavy traffic and sluggish traffic.
Autopilot has gone through a difficult go in Europe. Tesla published a software update in 2019 to undo some functions due to a new regulation for its driver assistance system. In 2020, a Munich court ruled that the firm had deceived consumers about the capabilities of its Autopilot. Last month, the German news website Der Spiegel reported that a judge in Darmstadt, Germany, ordered Tesla to reimburse a Model 3 owner $75,300 (69,000 euros), so because the car’s self-driving functions did not perform as stated.
We are all for driver-assist technology in cars, as long as it does what it’s supposed to do and owners are made aware of its limits and their responsibility to maintain their attention on the road. When it comes to in-car operating systems, Tesla is well ahead of the competition, and several of its driver-assistance functions perform quite well.
However, during our vacation, I felt much safer when one of my buddies drove the car.