There are a lot of videos out there showing Tesla’s cars on the street in “Full Self Driving” mode making questionable or dangerous maneuvers. This 17-second highlight seen on Twitter featuring a Model 3 in FSD mode nearly swerve into a cyclist puts the unpredictable nature of the feature into fresh perspective.
The video, called Self-Driving Tesla Podcast w/ Whole Mars, features YouTuber HyperChange, @omedyentral on Twitter, taking Tesla enthusiast Omar Quazi (@WholeMarsCatalog) for a “full self-driving” ride through San Francisco:
The two talk about how a Tesla Full Self driving (FSD) software update could improve safety for drivers, and then their Tesla Model 3 engaged in FSD mode swerves into a bike lane, nearly hitting a cyclist. It’s stark to witness the real danger of Tesla’s FSD program as its users simultaneously praise so-far unfounded safety benefits.
The clip, and its accompanying full video on YouTube, is a questionable advertisement for Tesla’s FSD on public roads. Omar declares that, “We’re likely to have a ‘zero take over’ drive” just over 8 minutes into the video. The Model 3’s dangerous motion toward the cyclist forced the YouTuber to take back control just moments later.
In the video, we noted the Model 3 in FSD:
- Turn halfway into a street, head for the sidewalk, then stop in the intersection (at 10:13)
- Remain stationary when the traffic light turns green (at 12:49)
- Drive into a bus lane (22:07 to 22:15, again from 23:30 to 24:21, and again from 24:34 to 24:41)
- Weave (25:35)
- Drive straight from a right-turn-only lane (24:28)
We also noted plenty more instances of Omar dangerously grabbing the wheel from the passenger’s seat, as well as clear FSD confusion on narrow roads, and at least one other near-crash that required intervention, at a four-way stop at 40:22, revealing FSD’s difficulties in dealing with unpredictable human drivers.
We are long-time critics of Tesla’s use of the label “Full Self Driving” for its semi-autonomous driving software. As we have repeatedly pointed out, there are no self-driving cars on sale today.
There are several levels of autonomy on various cars, and we think there are better and safer systems than Tesla’s FSD that are available right now. NHTSA is investigating Tesla’s Autopilot system, specifically regarding its involvement in crashes involving emergency personnel. Perhaps videos like this will spur regulators to consider whether Tesla should be allowed to continue “beta” testing its systems on public roads, or call a system “full self driving” when it clearly isn’t.
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