Do Not Advertise ‘Autopilot’ Function — Germany Tells Tesla

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The German Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt has asked American electric carmaker Tesla, not to advertise its electric vehicles with an Autopilot function, as it could suggest that a driver's attention is not needed while driving.

Do Not Advertise ‘Autopilot’ Function — Germany Tells Tesla

A spokesperson for the ministry, confirmed a report in the daily Bild am Sonntag (BamS), according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).

Do Not Advertise ‘Autopilot’ Function — Germany Tells Tesla

The spokesperson said in a written letter to Reuters that, "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."

Do Not Advertise ‘Autopilot’ Function — Germany Tells Tesla

On Friday, the KBA also wrote to owners of Tesla cars, warning them that their vehicles could not be driven without their constant attention and they must remain alert under traffic regulations.

Do Not Advertise ‘Autopilot’ Function — Germany Tells Tesla

According to BamS report, the letter from KBA to Tesla said: "In order to prevent misunderstanding and incorrect customers' expectations, we demand that the misleading term Autopilot is no longer used in advertising the system."

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Story first published: Monday, October 17, 2016, 9:21 [IST]
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