Problem for Tesla! Autopilot function works in German regulator

Tesla is facing scrutiny in Germany over a , as regulatory scrutiny intensifies into the automaker’s driver assistance technology.

Tesla’s Autopilot feature is under scrutiny in Germany as scrutiny intensifies in the company’s driver assistance technology. Germany’s federal motor vehicle office KBA is investigating Tesla’s automated lane change feature and whether it will be approved for use in Europe, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday, citing a spokesperson for the agency.

The KBA is also in contact with the Dutch vehicle agency, which is responsible for approving Tesla cars in Europe, according to Bild.

Heightened regulatory scrutiny poses a risk to Tesla’s commercialization of automated vehicle technology. Last week, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened its second investigation into a possible autopilot fault. The electric carmaker has drawn criticism over issues such as how it’s branded systems and whether it’s doing enough to protect against inattention and abuse.

The latest development in Germany adds to the regulatory hurdles Tesla faces in the country. Progress on its first European plant, at a site near Berlin, has been slower than expected due to backlash from environmental groups concerned about water use and wildlife.

Tesla and KBA were not immediately available for comment outside of normal business hours.

US securities agency denies harassing Elon Musk

Detroit, Feb. 19 (AP) U.S. securities regulators have responded to allegations they were harassing Elon Musk, writing in a letter that they were following a judge’s instructions in trying to speak with the Tesla CEO‘s attorneys at subject of his posts on Twitter.

In a letter dated Friday, Steven Buchholz of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s San Francisco office wrote that the judge handling a securities case against Musk was encouraging the two sides to consult before raising issues with the court. .

He also denied that the agency issued subpoenas in Musk’s Twitter case and that the SEC is taking too long to distribute a $40 million fine from Musk and Tesla that is supposed to go to Tesla shareholders.

Early Thursday, Musk’s attorneys sent a letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan accusing the SEC of harassing him with investigations and subpoenas for his Twitter posts.

In 2018, Musk and Tesla each agreed to pay $20 million in civil fines for Musk’s tweets about having the money to take the company private at $420 a share.

Funding was far from secure and the company remains public. The settlement specified governance changes, including ousting Musk as chairman of the board, as well as approving Musk’s tweets.

Attorney Alex Spiro’s letter accuses the SEC of trying to “muzzle” Musk, largely because he is an outspoken critic of the government.

“The SEC’s outsized efforts appear calculated to chill its exercise of First Amendment rights rather than to enforce generally applicable laws impartially,” the letter said.

Spiro also questioned why the SEC hadn’t distributed the $40 million in fines to Tesla shareholders more than three years after the settlement.

Buccholz wrote that during a contempt hearing in 2019, the judge encouraged the parties to make good faith efforts to meet before raising any compliance issues with the court.

“The Commission’s law enforcement staff have therefore sought to meet and speak with attorneys for Tesla and Mr. Musk to address any concerns regarding Tesla’s and Mr. Musk’s compliance with the Amended Judgments of the court,” Buchholz wrote.

The SEC followed court orders in distributing the settlement money and that process is nearing completion, its letter says.

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