Reuters has revealed in a Sunday report that the German Transportation Ministry has sent a letter to US-based electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors to stop the use of the term 'Autopilot' in its advertisements.
According to spokeswoman for the German Transportation Ministry, the letter was sent to Tesla owners by Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) on Friday.
The apparent reason the KBA has asked Tesla to discontinue the use of the term 'Autopilot' while advertising its electric vehicles is that the use of the term appears to suggest that drivers' attention is not required when the vehicles are run in 'Autopilot' mode.
In the letter, the KBA has asked Tesla owners to use of the term 'Autopilot' in the company's advertising with extreme caution. The KBA said that the term 'Autopilot' can be a "considerable traffic hazard" because it can potentially give a false sense of security to drivers.
Specifically, in its request to Tesla to stop advertising its electric vehicles as having an 'Autopilot' function, the KBA said in its letter: "In order to prevent misunderstanding and incorrect customers' expectations, we demand that the misleading term Autopilot is no longer used in advertising the system."