Tesla markets “full self-driving” despite stark contrast with AVs
Today, Chamber of Progress sent a letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan, urging the agency to investigate Tesla’s misleading advertising of “Full Self-Driving” (FSD) features. The letter raises the concern that Tesla’s cars are not autonomous vehicles (AVs) and that the FSD language lulls drivers into believing they can divert their attention while driving. The letter cites data released by NHTSA last week showing that Teslas comprised the bulk of collisions involving driver-assistance technology.
“Consumers shouldn’t be misled into thinking Teslas have the capabilities of a self-driving autonomous vehicle. That’s dangerous for everyone on the road,” said Chamber of Progress Director of Civic Innovation Policy Jamie Pascal. “There are major differences between Teslas and AVs when it comes to their design and development, and NHTSA’s recent crash report shows there are big differences when it comes to safety risks as well.”
While Chair Khan said earlier this month that Tesla’s marketing is on the FTC’s “radar”, no probe has been confirmed.
Following the crash report’s release last week, Chamber of Progress applauded NHTSA for breaking AVs into a separate category from Teslas and other vehicles using automated driver assistance services. Late last year, Chamber of Progress urged the agency to distinguish between the two. For more on the differences between Teslas and AVs, see Chamber of Progress’s fact sheet.
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