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Consumer Reports says Tesla should drop Autopilot name

5 years 10 months 2 days ago Thursday, July 14 2016 Jul 14, 2016 July 14, 2016 10:50 AM July 14, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

DETROIT - Consumer Reports magazine is calling on electric car maker Tesla Motors to change the name of its Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system and to disconnect the automatic steering feature after a fatal crash in Florida.

The magazine says in a statement that calling the system Autopilot promotes a dangerous assumption that Teslas can drive themselves. It also says the automatic steering should be disconnected until it's updated to make sure a driver's hands stay on the steering wheel at all times.

The magazine's calls come after 40-year-old Joshua Brown died in a May crash in Florida with the Autopilot on. The system didn't detect a tractor-trailer that had turned in front of Brown in bright sunshine, and Brown didn't react.

Messages were left Thursday seeking comment from Tesla spokespeople in California.

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