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Tesla rolls out beta version of "Full Self-Driving," leaving the autonomous vehicle community feeling nervous

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October 23, 2020
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by Josh Kern
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Although the feature set is technically classified as Level 2 autonomy (the driver needs to pay attention to the road and keep their hands on the wheel at all times), it expands on Autopilot, allowing Tesla vehicles to drive autonomously on city streets without driver engagement. Early customers' shared videos of the new feature sets show that Full Self-Driving is not quite ready for prime time – the system often misclassified one-way streets as two-way and wasn't always aware of oncoming traffic at intersections. Others in the autonomous vehicle (AV) community have criticized the decision, saying that only trained safety drivers should test preproduction AV technology, rather than the general public.

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