In the wake of a video using children to test Tesla’s self-driving technology, authorities have called the action “highly dangerous.”
The highest road safety authority in the US has denounced those who are willing to use children to test controversial pedestrian avoidance technology in Tesla vehicles.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told a news outlet Bloomberg The use of children in video demonstrations of Tesla’s self-driving software should never be attempted, as it poses a real danger to their lives.
The comments come after a video posted on YouTube by a Tesla fan. All Mars Blog showing children as young as five being told to cross the street while a car is moving, or forced to stand in the middle of the road while the Tesla Full Self-Driving (FSD) system is activated .
The man behind the video argued that the children involved were perfectly safe as the car was moving at a brisk pace and had their father behind the wheel during the test, ready to take control.
“No one should risk their life, or the life of another person, to test the performance of vehicle technology,” the NHTSA said after the event.
“Consumers should never attempt to create their own test scenarios or use real people, and especially children, to test the performance of vehicle technology.”
The regulator confirmed that it owns a 2017 Tesla Model S 90D with full autonomous driving capability, with tests conducted in strictly controlled environments, saying Bloomberg “It could be very dangerous for anyone to try to test vehicle technologies on their own.”