Germany still refusing to approve the system.
As Consumer Reports is calling Tesla to temporarily deactivate and rename its Autopilot semi-autonomous system, The Netherlands has approved the technology for use on public roads. The authorities say they have “no safety concerns”, but still they will be following the NHTSA investigation in the U.S. over “the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated.”
Hans Lammers, responsible for vehicle registrations and monitoring by the public authority (RDW) in The Netherlands, told German publication Spiegel that the system is safe as long as it is considered a driver assist system and not an autonomous one.
“We think there is nothing wrong with the system,” he commented. “If it is used correctly. As regards to the function, there is no difference to systems that are approved for other manufacturers.”
Earlier this week Germany’s Federal Office for Motor Vehicles (KBA) it refused to approve the Autopilot on public roads if it is described as “Beta,” because this could mean “an incomplete status of the software.” In a recent tweet, company boss Elon Musk explained that the word “Beta” is not used in the “standard sense,” but only to make sure drivers “don’t get comfortable” with the system.