A US senator asked Tesla to deactivate Autopilot and pressured the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to go after the automaker over its safety claims and nag defeat tricks.
Tesla requires drivers to hold the steering wheel and be ready to take control at all times when using its Autopilot features.
It tries to enforce this with “alerts” that ask drivers to “apply pressure to the steering wheel,” and if the driver doesn’t respond to these alerts, also known as “nag” in the Tesla community, the automaker eventually attempts to safely stop the vehicle.
Ever since releasing Autopilot, Tesla has been increasing those alerts when using Autopilot in an attempt to try to reduce misuse of the driver assist system.
The move is not welcomed by all Tesla drivers, and some of them have been looking at ways to get around it.