Consumer groups, 'Sully' Sullenberger raise concerns about Tesla's Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features

A decal advertising Tesla Motors Inc.'s Autopilot feature sits on a window of their showroom at a dealership, on Oxford Street in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. After losing $1.88 billion since 2007, Tesla is piling on the personnel as it offers more models, builds the worlds biggest battery factory and expands globally, including stores opening in Mexico City and Edinburgh.

The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

Two consumer advocacy groups on Thursday refiled a request with the Federal Trade Commission for it to investigate Tesla’s representation of its Autopilot driver aid system, calling it “misleading” and “deceptive.”
The Center for Auto Safety and Consumer Watchdog submitted a letter to the FTC last year on the same topic, but a spokesperson for the latter said that they never received a response, so it is unclear if the agency has taken any action. An FTC spokesman told Fox News Autos that it could not publically comment on such requests. The groups also sent the updated letter to the Attorneys General California, New York, Florida, Michigan, Utah, and Massachusetts.
According to Tesla’s website, Autopilot “Enables your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane.”
In the letter, the groups maintain that there have been several accidents linked to misuse of the feature since they last reached out to the FTC and cite a recent survey conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) that found many car owners don’t fully understand the capabilities of their vehicle’s driver assist systems, including Tesla’s Autopilot.
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