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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has asked to stop advertising its electric vehicles as having an Autopilot function, as this might suggest drivers' attention is not needed, his ministry said on Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the ministry, confirming a report in the daily Bild am Sonntag (BamS), said the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) had written to to make the request.

"It can be confirmed that a letter to exists with the request to no longer use the misleading term Autopilot for the driver assistance system of the car," she said in a written response to a Reuters' query.

spokespeople in did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

On Friday, the KBA - which reports to Dobrindt - wrote to owners of cars, warning them that their vehicles could not be operated without their constant attention and that under traffic regulations they must remain alert. [nL8N1CK1P5]

According to the BamS report, the KBA letter to said: "In order to prevent misunderstanding and incorrect customers' expectations, we demand that the misleading term Autopilot is no longer used in advertising the system."

Tesla's Autopilot has been the focus of intense scrutiny since a Model S driver was killed while using the technology in a May 7 collision with a truck in Florida.[nL1N19M2HV]

(Reporting by Vera Eckert; Editing by Mark Potter)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Germany says Tesla should not use 'Autopilot' in advertising

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has asked Tesla to stop advertising its electric vehicles as having an Autopilot function, as this might suggest drivers' attention is not needed, his ministry said on Sunday.

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has asked to stop advertising its electric vehicles as having an Autopilot function, as this might suggest drivers' attention is not needed, his ministry said on Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the ministry, confirming a report in the daily Bild am Sonntag (BamS), said the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) had written to to make the request.

"It can be confirmed that a letter to exists with the request to no longer use the misleading term Autopilot for the driver assistance system of the car," she said in a written response to a Reuters' query.

spokespeople in did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

On Friday, the KBA - which reports to Dobrindt - wrote to owners of cars, warning them that their vehicles could not be operated without their constant attention and that under traffic regulations they must remain alert. [nL8N1CK1P5]

According to the BamS report, the KBA letter to said: "In order to prevent misunderstanding and incorrect customers' expectations, we demand that the misleading term Autopilot is no longer used in advertising the system."

Tesla's Autopilot has been the focus of intense scrutiny since a Model S driver was killed while using the technology in a May 7 collision with a truck in Florida.[nL1N19M2HV]

(Reporting by Vera Eckert; Editing by Mark Potter)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Germany says Tesla should not use 'Autopilot' in advertising

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has asked to stop advertising its electric vehicles as having an Autopilot function, as this might suggest drivers' attention is not needed, his ministry said on Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the ministry, confirming a report in the daily Bild am Sonntag (BamS), said the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) had written to to make the request.

"It can be confirmed that a letter to exists with the request to no longer use the misleading term Autopilot for the driver assistance system of the car," she said in a written response to a Reuters' query.

spokespeople in did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

On Friday, the KBA - which reports to Dobrindt - wrote to owners of cars, warning them that their vehicles could not be operated without their constant attention and that under traffic regulations they must remain alert. [nL8N1CK1P5]

According to the BamS report, the KBA letter to said: "In order to prevent misunderstanding and incorrect customers' expectations, we demand that the misleading term Autopilot is no longer used in advertising the system."

Tesla's Autopilot has been the focus of intense scrutiny since a Model S driver was killed while using the technology in a May 7 collision with a truck in Florida.[nL1N19M2HV]

(Reporting by Vera Eckert; Editing by Mark Potter)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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