Tesla faces scrutiny from German regulator over Autopilot
Tesla faces scrutiny in Germany over an Autopilot feature, as regulatory scrutiny intensifies into the automaker’s driver assistance technology.
The KBA, Germany’s federal motor vehicle office, is investigating Tesla’s automated lane change feature and whether it will be approved for use in Europe, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday, citing a spokesperson for the company. ‘agency.
The KBA is also in contact with the Dutch vehicle agency, which is responsible for approving Tesla cars in Europe, according to Bild.
Heightened regulatory scrutiny poses a risk to Tesla’s commercialization of automated vehicle technology.
Last week, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened its second investigation into a possible autopilot fault.
The electric carmaker has drawn criticism over issues such as how it’s branded systems and whether it’s doing enough to protect against inattention and abuse.
The latest development in Germany adds to the regulatory hurdles Tesla faces in the country.
Progress on its first European plant, at a site near Berlin, has been slower than expected due to backlash from environmental groups concerned about water use and wildlife.
Tesla and KBA were not immediately available for comment outside of normal business hours.