Elon Musk: ‘We probably don’t need NDAs for Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ beta

Tesla makes participants in the “Full Self-Driving” beta test sign nondisclosure agreements, but CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday “we probably don’t need them”.

The reason? “A lot of videos” are being shared of the beta software in action, Musk said at the 2021 Code Conference on Tuesday. “People don’t seem to listen to me” and “just ignore it anyway.”

“I don’t know why there is an NDA,” he said.

Tesla has had a small group of owners test the beta version of its “Full Self-Driving” software — which, despite its name, doesn’t make the company’s cars fully autonomous — on public roads for about a year now. But this week Sin reported that the company has program participants sign NDAs. In fact, these similarities discourage people from sharing images of the beta software performing poorly because “there are a lot of people who want Tesla to fail.”

The details about the NDA — and Musk’s apparent turnaround in its use — come as Tesla will rapidly expand the number of people who can access the software, despite a recent warning from the head of the National Transportation Safety Board. Musk and his company say they are using the sensors in Tesla’s cars to ensure only safe drivers enter the program.

“The transition period to new technology is always a bit bumpy,” he said on Tuesday.