NHTSA Bans Autopilot Product

By Staff Writer July 12, 2018

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a cease and desist letter to the company selling a product called the Autopilot Buddy.


Marketed as a ‘Tesla autopilot nag reduction device,’ its primary function is to disable a safety feature in Tesla vehicles that monitors the driver’s hands on the steering wheel and warns the driver when hands are not detected. Aftermarket devices, such as Autopilot Buddy, are motor vehicle equipment regulated by NHTSA.  


NHTSA said that preventing the safety system from warning the driver to return their hands to the wheel, this product disables an important safeguard, and could put customers and other road users at risk.

Last modified on Thursday, 12 July 2018 13:36

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