San Francisco-On Wednesday, two US senators urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Tesla, Claiming that the company misled consumers and harmed the public through marketing Its driving automation system As a fully autonomous driving.
“Mr. Tesla and (CEO) (Elon) MuskRepeatedly exaggerating the capabilities of their vehicles… put Tesla drivers-and all the traveling public-at risk of serious injury or death,” Senate Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Edward Maki said Said in a letter to the newly appointed Federal Trade Commission chairman Lina Khan.
“Tesla drivers listened to these statements and believed that their vehicles could drive themselves-this could have fatal consequences.”
This letter was sent after the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration launched an investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot on Monday, which added pressure to Tesla.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Autopilot is a standard feature of Tesla vehicles, allowing the vehicle to maintain a distance from the vehicle in front.Tesla sells its advanced driver assistant features, such as lane changing and automatic parking The name of fully autonomous driving (FSD) is priced at $1,000, although the system does not make the vehicle fully autonomous.
Musk, who has nearly 60 million Twitter followers, often uses the term FSD, which generally refers to Tesla’s package of features, but many consumers think it refers to fully autonomous driving. Musk bragged about the safety of this technology and promised that his vehicles would drive automatically soon, but he missed his own deadline.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration In June, it said that since 2016, it has launched 30 investigations into Tesla accidents, and the agency suspects that advanced driver assistance systems have been used in these accidents.
NHTSA stated in a letter to Tesla in 2018 that the company had made “misleading statements” about its safety. Model 3 And make consumers feel confused. The agency referred this issue to the FTC to investigate whether Tesla’s statement constituted an “unfair or deceptive act or practice.”