Used correctly Tesla’s Autopilot system works well enough as the Car Throttle video clearly shows. There are plenty of videos where it goes wrong and driver error is certainly a big part of the problem, but international agencies are starting to find flaws in the autonomous system.

The Federation of European Motorcyclists Association (FEMA) are worried about the way car manufacturers implement driver assist systems. Accidents, studies and evasive answers to questions asked by FEMA indicate that these systems are not properly tested, especially with motorcycles. The European Transport Safety Council ETSC published a report in April 2016 in which the risks of insufficient tested autonomous systems and over-the-air software updates.

Actually the Tesla system is being questioned worldwide and it is not just motorcycles that are the concern.

The German organisation BASt, The Federal Highway Research Institute, came to the conclusion that the Tesla system is potentially dangerous in traffic, and by a recent letter in which the German Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) requested Tesla to stop using the expression ‘autopilot’.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has formally issued a draft regulation that demands Tesla cease and desist from using the terms ‘self-driving’, ‘automated’, or ‘autopilot’ when it comes to advertising its vehicles, unless they are capable of driving themselves without any human backup.