The term “autopilot” itself creates the false impression that the driver can completely not follow the traffic situation.
American politician, US Senator from Massachusetts, Edward Markey, said that Tesla should rename its autopilot system and make drivers more attentive when using this system.
According to him, the Tesla autopilot is not an ideal driver assistance system, but the risks it carries can be significantly reduced. The senator claims that the term “autopilot” itself creates the false impression that the driver can completely not follow the traffic situation, taking up his own affairs or even sleeping on the way to his destination.
At the same time, the user manual clearly states that drivers should always control the movement of the car, even when using autopilot. If the system is called differently, it will reduce confusion, Edward Markey is sure.
Similar conversations have been going on over the past couple of years, while Tesla claims that when using autopilot, drivers get into accidents less often than when driving without it.