The magazine said on Thursday that Consumer Reports engineers were able to operate a Tesla vehicle without anyone at the driver’s seat, and the system failed to send an alert or indicate that the driver’s seat was empty.
Engineers tested the Tesla Model Y this week as investigators investigated an accident where two people died after the Tesla Model S, which was believed to be operating without anyone in the driver’s seat, was located in Houston. In the north, a tree collided on Saturday night.
The magazine said that in multiple trips on the half-mile closed test track, the Model Y automatically moved forward with delineated lane lines.
“In our evaluation, the system not only failed to ensure that the driver was paying attention, but could also tell if there was a driver there,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing for Consumer Reports.
“Tesla is falling behind other automakers, such as GM and Ford, on models with advanced driver assistance systems that use technology to ensure that the driver is looking on the road.”
Tesla did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
The report also comes amid growing scrutiny over Tesla’s semi-automatic driving system following recent incidents as it prepares to launch its “full self-driving” software to more customers.
Tesla’s Autopilot is a driver assistance system that handles some driving tasks and at times allows drivers to remove their hands from the steering wheel, but Tesla says its features “require active driver supervision and allow the vehicle to Don’t make it autonomous. “