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03/04/2022

The Honorable Richard Blumenthal


706 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Edward J. Markey


255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senators Blumenthal and Markey:

Thank you for your letter dated February 8, 2022, regarding Tesla’s Autopilot and
Full Self-Driving capability features. We appreciate the opportunity to provide
additional information regarding Tesla’s commitment to safety.

Core to Tesla’s mission is our desire to design and produce the safest vehicles in
the world. Tesla’s vehicles combine powerful onboard technology with an all-electric
powertrain to help our drivers maximize their driving potential and keep themselves
and other road users safe. Making our vehicles safer is foundational to our company
culture and how we innovate new technologies. From conception to launch, Tesla's
software and homologation teams certify our products through a comprehensive
safety validation review and rigorous internal development process to make certain
that our technologies are safe. It is only after Tesla achieves a critical level of
confidence that we then roll out our products to customers.

Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability (“FSD Capability”) features


represent the next steps towards realizing the lifesaving benefits that advanced
driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous technologies already have on
society. As background, Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD Capability features are SAE level
2 systems, which require the constant monitoring and attention of the driver. As level
2 capability systems, our vehicles are capable of performing some but not all of the
Dynamic Driving Tasks (DDT) that can be performed by human drivers. Tesla’s
Autopilot and FSD Capability features enhance the ability of our cusotmes to drive
safer than the average driver in the U.S. For example, in the fourth quarter of 2021,
Tesla recorded one crash for every 4.31 million miles driven in which our drivers
were using Autopilot technology, compared to the NHTSA most recent data, which
shows an automobile crash occurs every 484,000 miles.

At Tesla, we constantly seek to enhance our customers’ safety, as well as the safety
of other road users. Each Tesla vehicle is carefully designed with a standard suite of
active safety features. We also integrate core driver monitoring requirements, such
as torque-based hands-on-wheel detection, in all models to help ensure that our
drivers remain attentive when using Autopilot and FSD Capability. Furthermore,
beginning in May 2021, on Model 3 and Y vehicles equipped with Tesla Vision, our
camera-based Autopilot system, the interior cabin camera is available to detect
driver inattentiveness and provide audible alerts when Autopilot is engaged.

Tesla understands the importance of educating owners on the capabilities of


Autopilot and FSD Capability. From the beginning of the purchasing process through
vehicle ownership, Tesla clearly explains the proper use of Autopilot and FSD
Capability to drivers through multiple stages, including during the configuration of
vehicles for purchase, on Tesla’s website product pages, in each vehicle owner’s
manual, and during the initial set up and subsequent engagements of Autopilot and
FSD Capability. Tesla also provides each owner with access to additional video
tutorials that detail the use of various vehicle technologies through our mobile app,
in-vehicle display functionality, and official YouTube channel.

Thank you for your leadership and commitment to traffic safety, a goal which is
central to our company. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact
Hasan Nazar at hanazar@tesla.com.

Sincerely,

Rohan Patel
Senior Director, Public Policy & Business Development
Tesla, Inc.

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