German officials say Tesla ‘Autopilot’ is misleading


Autopilot is one of the most talked about feature in Tesla, one which encourages most individuals to go for it’s electric sedans, but officials from Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) requested that Tesla stop using the term “Autopilot” for its driver assistance feature, according to them this is highly misleading.

“It can be confirmed that a letter to Tesla exists with the request to no longer use the misleading term Autopilot for the driver assistance system of the car,” a KBA official told Reuters. KBA, among its responsibilities, oversees activities related to German road safety and product recalls. This is a new challenge for the company as “Autopilot” is the most talked about feature.

According to report, the German agency’s letter to Tesla stated, “In order to prevent misunderstanding and incorrect customers’ expectations, we demand that the misleading term Autopilot is no longer used in advertising the system.”

This isn’t the first time Tesla’s Autopilot feature has come under scrutiny, earlier this year, a man was killed while his Tesla Model S was in Autopilot mode, but even at that Tesla does not plan to disable this feature, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said the company has no plans to disable Autopilot in the wake of the crash. Even though some gave reasons why the Autopilot feature shouldn’t be scraped out some who had been involved in an accident with Autopilot turned on demanded it should be removed, stating that “Tesla Drivers a lab rats“.

Tesla is yet to offer a public response to the letter from Germany, he probably would address the German Autopilot issue on Wednesday, when he’s scheduled to make a major product announcement. What do you think, should Autopilot be removed?

Tesla Motors, Inc. is an American automotive and energy storage company that designs, manufactures, and sells luxury electric cars, electric vehicle powertrain components, and battery products. Tesla Motors is a public company that trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol TSLA. During the first quarter of 2013, Tesla posted profits for the first time in its history. Tesla manufactures equipment for home and office battery charging, and has installed a network of high-powered Superchargers across North America, Europe and Asia. The company also operates a Destination Charging program, under which shops, restaurants and other venues are offered fast chargers for their customers.

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