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Tesla Accused of Deception in Promoting Autopilot Technology

  • Two consumer groups ask U.S. regulator to investigate claims
  • Tesla features automated steering, adaptive cruise control
Tesla Motors Inc. Tests Self-Driving Technology

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A pair of consumer advocacy groups say Tesla Inc.’s promotional claims about the safety and capability of its Autopilot driver-assistance technologies are deceptive and want the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate.

“Two Americans are dead and one is injured as a result of Tesla deceiving and misleading consumers into believing that the Autopilot feature of its vehicles is safer and more capable than it actually is,” the Center for Auto Safety and Consumer Watchdog wrote in a letter on Wednesday to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons.