Two consumer protection groups on Thursday rejected a request to the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Tesla's presentation of their autopilot driver assistance system. They called him "misleading" and "misleading."
The Center for Car Safety and Consumer Protection Watchdog sent a letter on the same topic to the FTC last year, but an FTC spokesman said they never received an answer. Therefore, it is unclear whether the agency has taken any action. An FTC spokesman told Fox News Autos that he could not publicly comment on such requests. The groups also sent the updated letter to the Attorney General of California, New York, Florida, Michigan, Utah and Massachusetts.
According to Tesla's website, Autopilot allows your car to automatically steer, accelerate and brake in its lane for other vehicles and pedestrians.
In the letter, the groups claim that there have been several accidents related to abuse of the trait since their last contact with the FTC, citing a recent survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) It has been found that many car owners do not fully understand the capabilities of their vehicle driver assistance systems, including the Tesla autopilot.
Tesla did not comment on the group's requests to the FTC, but made the following statement on the IIHS report:
"This survey is not representative of the perception of Tesla owners or persons having experience with autopilot and it would be inaccurate to suggest so much. If IIHS is against the name & # 39; autopilot & # 39; they are probably equally opposed to the name & # 39; automobiles & # 39 ;. The statement added that the automaker gives owners instructions on proper use of the feature and disables autopilot when the vehicle determines the name driver is no longer engaged.
The same day the groups request their FTC Security expert Capt. Chelsea "Sully" Sullenberger shared on Twitter a Washington Post article about Tesla's evolving feature "Full Self-Driving" stating that it "should affect anyone who has the same streets as a driver or a pedestrian" , which led to a debate on the subject in the tweeting commentary stream.
Full self-drive is an option that currently allows a Tesla to change lanes. Pass other cars and perform several other maneuvers with minimal interaction However, the company advertises on its website for it to recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs n can s, and later this year also offer "automatic driving on city streets". Elton Musk, CEO of Tesla, also said that the self-governance capability could be "complete" by the end of 2019 and that full autonomous operations could be possible without supervision by next year, if regulations permit.
Tesla would not do so comment on the tweet, while Sullenberger's representatives did not respond to a request to explain his statement in more detail.