With the increasing adoption of automated control systems in consumer cars, there is plenty of potential for confusion about what these systems can and cannot do, and how engaged the driver needs to stay.
German officials have told Tesla to stop using the term ‘Autopilot’ for its driver assistance tools. It argues the name gives a false impression of how little attention users can pay while driving with the feature. Rather than being...
Tesla said that "Autopilot operates in conjunction with the human driver to make driving safer and less stressful" and that the company was clear with customers that they had to pay attention at all times.
Germany's transport authority believes the Autopilot name is encouraging drivers to take their attention away from the road.
Specifically, Consumer Reports asked Tesla to disable autopilot’s “autosteer” system, issue new guidance to drivers about the system’s use, discontinue beta releases of semiautonomous technology and rename the autopilot feature.