The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is aware of the concerns around Tesla’s Autopilot.
In an interview, FTC Chair Lina Khan said this about the concerns raised.
It’s absolutely true that you know, this is an issue on which many members of Congress have focused and written to us about, so it’s certainly something that’s on our radar. (via Reuters)
However, Khan did not confirm or deny the FTC is currently conducting a probe into the company.
Back in August, Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal pleaded with the FTC to open a probe. The probe would investigate if Tesla misled consumers and endangered the public that Autopilot was fully self-driving.
This is not the first time the FTC has seen asking about Autopilot.
Back in 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sent a letter to the FTC. The letter asked the FTC to investigate whether Tesla’s claims were “unfair or deceptive acts or practices.
We shall see what comes of this, but at this point, we have not seen or heard if an FTC probe will move forward.
However, Tesla is still under a larger probe via the NHTSA over multiple crashes in the United States. So, it would not be surprising if the FTC does the same.