Senators Ask FTC to Probe Tesla’s Self-Driving Claims Following Crashes

Two senators on Wednesday called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to probe Tesla, alleging that the company exaggerated the capability of its vehicles’ self-driving features and so put the public in danger. In a letter to FTC chief Lina Khan (pdf), Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said that they fear that Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features “are not as mature and reliable as the company pitches to the public” leading drivers to believe that their Teslas can drive on their own, with “potentially deadly consequences.” It comes after federal authorities announced a probe into Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD systems following nearly a dozen crashes with parked emergency vehicles that injured 17 people and left one dead. Blumenthal and Markey gave several examples of Tesla marketing that they said could lead drivers to misconstrue the vehicles’ capacity for autonomous driving, including a video posted on …Read More

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