The interest of users in the possibilities of modern active driver assistance systems is very high, and this prompts particularly experienced car owners to conduct field experiments that simulate specific road situations. The NHTSA Agency, which in the United States is responsible for road safety, has warned Tesla electric vehicles not to involve children in such experiments.
The focus of the U.S. car community's attention in recent weeks has been on the ability of the car cameras of Tesla electric vehicles to correctly recognize and stop young pedestrians either in front of them or to slow down when children cross the carriageway. Some experimentationers have begun to involve children in the re-establishment of possible scenarios and to record this on video. In one of these videos, children are involved in private experiments at small speeds when they are either standing on the road in front of an approaching electric car or crossing the road in front of it. They are pleased to note that the machine correctly recognizes the silhouettes of children of different heights and slows down the car.
This type of activity has attracted the attention of NHTSA officials, and they have issued a statement calling for people not to risk their lives when experimenting with technologies used in transport; the users should not attempt to recreate the conditions of experiments in real life by involving children and other people in general, as noted in the agency ' s statement; the agency ' s own experiments use controlled procedures and conditions that are unacceptable for individuals to reproduce.
The interest of the monitoring authorities in this topic was generated by a video released this month, in which Tesla's electric car attacks dummies simulating children on the carriageway. NHTSA stressed that none of the cars sold today have the ability to operate completely independently. The authorities also noted that in their experiments, Tesla Model S 90D, released in 2017, was upgraded to the beta version of FSD on April 1st this year.