The auto lane change function that is part of Tesla's full self-driving capability may be declared illegal in Europe
Tesla's autopilot and full-self driving technologies certainly belong to one of the most advanced and widely admired features of its electric cars like the relatively affordable Model 3 and Model Y. However, as the Texas-based carmaker looks to further increase its footprint and market share outside its US home market, regulators are continuously scrutinizing certain aspects of Tesla's full self-driving capabilities.
According to an article by Electrek, the German Federal Motor Vehicle Transport Authority has now officially announced that it is investigating Tesla's automatic lane change function, which was part of the Tesla autopilot before it was moved to the more sophisticated but also more expensive full self-driving package that is a US$12,000 option on the Model 3 and other Tesla models.
Even though this investigation is currently conducted by a German authority, the more powerful Dutch vehicle registration authority RDW might get involved as well, which means that a possible crackdown on the auto lane change function could affect all Tesla cars and owners in Europe. Unfortunately, the specific reasons behind this investigation of Tesla's self-driving technology remain unknown for the time being, but they may include safety concerns or purely legal reasons. Purportedly, the investigating authority is also in contact with Tesla to resolve these apparent issues.