Tesla Autopilot Vehicles A 'Traffic Hazard'? German Transport Ministry Says

Oct 10, 2016 07:06 AM EDT | Leian N.

Although Tesla Autopilot testing is still being conducted in Germany, a recent report revealed that Germany's Transport Ministry has labeled the vehicles as a "considerable traffic hazard." The Tesla Model S vehicles may be facing a phased out in Germany if testing revealed that it is not viable on German streets.

German magazine Der Spiegel went on and reported about the internal report allegedly received from Germany's Transport Ministry. According to Jalopnik, Tesla Model S autopilot vehicles and other semi-autonomous systems are still currently on German roads for testing on driver-assistance systems.

It was deemed to be for use only with a full attention of the driver. However, recent reports pointed out that some of the models, especially that of Tesla's, do not notify the driver when a function cannot be carried out by its system. Pending the testing results and final evaluation of the vehicles, German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt did manifest that he had no intention of taking the Tesla Model S out of service pending the results.

In other news, Digital Trends reported that Tesla labeled the Autopilot as viable for driving through highways and crowded traffic. In fact, it was revealed that the very purpose of such is to lessen the stress drivers have to endure during traffic jams. Furthermore, the brand manifested that there are a number of safeguards in place to make the driver remand behind wheels but be alerted whenever the function is not working.

As Tesla Autopilot vehicles are under testing, the company has been compelled to clarify the viability of their vehicles and to stop using the term "autopilot" since the said feature has not been given the green light on Germany's streets. Despite the warning, the brand confident that their Tesla Model S vehicles will be given the go sign pending the approval of Germany's Transport Ministry.

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