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U.S. senator slams Tesla's 'misleading' name for Autopilot driver assistance system

Markey calls for 'rebranding and remarketing the system to reduce misuse'

A U.S. senator on Friday urged Tesla Inc to rebrand its driver assistance system Autopilot, saying it has "an inherently misleading name" and is subject to potentially dangerous misuse. The electric automaker introduced new warnings for red lights and stop signs last year "to minimize the potential risk of red light- or stop sign-running as a result of temporary driver inattention," Tesla said in the letter. Senator Edward Markey said he believed the potential dangers of Autopilot can

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NTSB says Autopilot engaged in 2018 California Tesla crash

Driver kept hands off wheel for all but 51 seconds of last driving segment

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday that a Tesla Model S was in Autopilot mode when it struck a fire truck in Culver City, California, one of a series of crashes the board is investigating involving Tesla's driver assistance system. The 2014 Model S Autopilot system was engaged continuously for the final 13 minutes 48 seconds of the trip before the vehicle struck a fire truck parked on Interstate-405 in January 2018, the NTSB safety board said in documents posted on

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Tesla Navigate on Autopilot cut off cars and violated traffic laws, says Consumer Reports

It's 'like monitoring a kid behind the wheel for the very first time'

It's 'like monitoring a kid behind the wheel for the very first time.'

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Nissan brings ProPILOT driver assist to Japanese market Skyline sedan

Updated ProPILOT can choose ramps and suggest lane changes

The updated ProPILOT system now combines navigation and automatic lane-changing.

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Tesla's Autopilot was in engaged before Model 3 hit truck, says NTSB

The driver turned on Autopilot about 10 seconds before the crash

The driver turned on Autopilot about 10 seconds before the crash.

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Tesla announces open-ended price increase of 'Full Self Driving' feature

Turns out that autonomous driving, like everything else Tesla, won't be cheap

Turns out that autonomous driving, like everything else Tesla, won't be cheap.

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Tesla sues former employee for allegedly stealing Autopilot code [UPDATE]

It's not the first time XPeng has seen such allegations

It's not the first time XPeng has seen such allegations.

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Tesla expands employee testing of its upgraded Autopilot hardware

Beta testers will get a free Hardware 3 upgrade worth $8,000

Beta testers will get a free Hardware 3 upgrade worth $8,000.

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Tesla rolls out Navigate on Autopilot

The car will change lanes and take off-ramps if it's OK'd by the driver

The car will change lanes and take off-ramps if it's OK'd by the driver.

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Tesla releases system update 9, adds Atari games, dash-cam functionality

It also adds software that will eventually enhance Autopilot

It will also add software that will eventually enhance Autopilot.

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Tesla asks employees to beta test its full self-driving system

The testers will get the system or a premium interior upgrade as a reward

The testers will get the system or a premium interior upgrade as a reward.

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Tesla Autopilot safety defeat device gets a cease-and-desist from NHTSA

Autopilot Buddy overrides built-in safety features

Autopilot Buddy overrides built-in safety features.

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Tesla must fix 'flaws' in Autopilot after fatal crash: U.S. consumer group

Consumer Reports' advocacy arm speaks out

Consumer group lobbies Tesla to fix fatal flaws in Autopilot.

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Tesla 'Autopilot' name is deceptive, two consumer groups tell feds

Safety advocates ask FTC to review whether Tesla misleads customers

Safety advocates ask FTC to review whether Tesla misleads customers

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Tesla crash may have triggered battery fire, Swiss firefighters say

Meanwhile, WSJ says tech for detecting Autopilot abuse was rejected

Swiss firefighters said on Monday that the impact in a fatal accident involving a Tesla electric car may have set off a fire in the vehicle's battery.

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Family of Tesla crash driver hires law firm, questions Autopilot

NHTSA and NTSB investigations continue

The family of a driver killed in a Tesla car crash has hired law firm Minami Tamaki LLP to explore legal options, the law firm said on Wednesday, adding that the Autopilot feature in the electric carmaker's vehicle probably caused his death.

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Tesla Model 3 Autopilot: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Real problems obscure some of the promise of a compelling system

Autopilot is essentially the combination of two driver assist systems. The first Tesla calls "Traffic-Aware Cruise Control," which is mostly indistinguishable from other adaptive cruise control systems. The second is Autosteer. The hardware is robust: forward radar, eight cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors can detect vehicles all around it. It can see cars the driver can't, including, at times, two vehicles ahead.

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Tesla says Model X involved in fatal crash was on Autopilot

The driver had been warned to keep his hands on the wheel

Tesla said on Friday that a Tesla Model X involved a fatal crash in California last week had activated its Autopilot system, raising new questions about the semi-autonomous system that handles some driving tasks. Tesla also said vehicle logs from the accident showed no action had been taken by the driver soon before the crash and that he had received earlier warnings to put his hands on the wheel.

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