When turning on a Tesla, like many cars with infotainment systems, the screen reminds drivers to pay attention at all times—even when using Autopilot. The warning is continually reiterated, but German authorities who call Autopilot a “traffic hazard” sent letters to owners to remind them again. Authorities also raised concern about Autopilot’s name.
According to Automotive News, Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority crafted letters telling owners that Tesla’s Autopilot, a semi-autonomous system that recently got a major update, is purely a driver-assistance system and is not meant to be used as technology that can operate without the attention of the driver. The letter added that German road regulations require the drivers to be alert and in control of the vehicle at all times, Automotive News reports.