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Nonprofit Group To Evaluate U.S. Driver Monitoring System – By ASC


The announcement was made amid scrutiny of Tesla Autopilot’s driver assistance system, which handles several driving tasks and allows drivers to stay away from the wheel at certain times.

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Two nonprofits, Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), said separately on Thursday that they are reviewing protections made by carmakers for vehicles with partial automation.

The announcement was made amid scrutiny of Tesla Autopilot’s driver assistance system, which handles several driving tasks and allows drivers to stay away from the wheel at certain times.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in August opened an official safety investigation into Autopilot in 765,000 U.S. Tesla vehicles after a series of accidents involving Tesla models and emergency vehicles.

IIHS said in a statement that most current semi -automation systems have some protections to help keep drivers paying attention but “none of them meet all of the pending IIHS criteria.”

For vehicle protection to work well under its newly planned rating “the system needs to ensure that drivers’ eyes are directed to the road and their hands are either on the wheel or ready to grab it at all times, ”the industry -funded group said. .

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NHTSA in August opened an official safety investigation into Autopilot in 765,000 U.S. Tesla vehicles after a series of accidents involving Tesla models and emergency vehicles.

“Partial automation systems may make remote driving seem less burdensome, but there is no evidence that they make driving safer,” said IIHS President David Harkey.

Consumer Reports, an influential publication that tests vehicles, said research suggests human drivers are less likely to pay attention to automated tasks, even if they know the automation isn’t perfect.

His tests found flaws in Tesla, BMW and Subaru’s driver monitoring systems, he said. The three carmakers did not immediately comment.

Initially only Ford and General Motors will earn extra points in next month’s 2022 vehicle rating for driver monitoring systems, the magazine added.

“Only GM and Ford prevent drivers from using active driving assistance if they stop looking at the road,” he said.

In 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) criticized Tesla’s lack of protection in a fatal 2018 Autopilot crash in California that involved a driver playing a word -building game on his phone during the deadly trip.

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NTSB Chairman Jennifer Homendy praised the new IIHS rating program as a “meaningful step” toward more knowledgeable consumers and safer roads.

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