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Tesla’s claims about autopilot and fully autonomous driving are being scrutinized as Senators put pressure on the FTC

Two senators are pressing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Tesla’s claims about autopilot and fully autonomous driving (FSD) packages.

Two Democratic senators, Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey, I’ve been critical of Tesla’s autopilot and FSD packages for a long time..

They have claimed that the autopilot caused an accident on the road, and now they are increasing their criticism of asking the FTC to investigate Tesla’s claims about those products.

Senator wrote in a letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan:

I’m writing to express serious concerns about misleading advertising for Tesla’s autopilot and fully autonomous driving (FSD) features. Tesla’s marketing has repeatedly exaggerated the capabilities of its vehicles, and these statements pose an increasing threat to drivers and other users of the road. Therefore, we encourage you to begin investigating potentially deceptive and unfair practices in the advertising and marketing of Tesla’s driving automation systems and take appropriate enforcement measures to ensure the safety of all drivers on the road. I recommend it.

They referred to what was recently announced NTHSA investigation into collisions involving autopilot and emergency vehicle Tesla vehicles..

The FTC can investigate false ads, which is basically what the Senator claims.

“I’m worried that Tesla’s autopilot and FSD features aren’t mature enough for the company to market and are unreliable. On April 22, 2019, Tesla told the YouTube channel” Full Self- I posted a video titled “Driving” to show that Tesla is driving entirely on its own. Elon Musk, CEO of 4 Tesla, is also repeatedly proud of Tesla’s system. In July 2020 and January 2021, Mr. Musk insisted on consumers that Tesla cars would soon reach level 5 autonomy, or full automation. Unfortunately, Tesla’s advertising and marketing has reached a large audience. The “Full Self Drive” video has been watched over 18 million times. Tesla has filled the eligible disclaimer elsewhere on the website, but the video caption link redirects to a purchase page that doesn’t provide additional information about the vehicle’s true capabilities. “

They are asking the FTC to begin a formal investigation into this issue.

Here is the complete letter:

Electerk take

I think Tesla’s approach of pre-selling a fully autonomous driving package that doesn’t take advantage of the main advertised features is certainly problematic.

But I don’t think it’s necessarily a false ad. Most are late. Very late.

I know Tesla’s critics don’t believe it, but I don’t think Tesla or Elon Musk are malicious in these claims. They are not good at sticking to the timeline.

It is very difficult to determine if the claim itself leads to misuse of the autopilot and FSD features.

There is no doubt that there is misuse of the autopilot, but I think it’s mostly stupid idiots. And it’s hard to avoid.

When it comes to advertising, there’s not much Tesla can do other than rename the FSD package until it can actually provide a fully autonomous driving system.

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