Source: Zero Hedge
Israel “Grounds” Tesla’s Autopilot Israel’s Ministry of Transport and Road Safety is worlds ahead of the NHTSA and NTSB in the United States. The Israeli organization has decided to “ground” Tesla’s Autopilot feature and has told Tesla that it must notify the country’s customers that they are not allowed to use the car’s autonomous capabilities, according to Israeli publication CTech . The autonomous driving system was first launched in 2013 and, while only offering limited capabilities, was sold to the world in a presentation where Elon Musk alluded to being able to sleep or watch a movie while driving. Musk has also demonstrated the feature while not abiding by the company’s own rule of needing to maintain the driver’s hands on the steering wheel. This has led to a litany of accidents over the last several years, many of which we have documented on this site, involving Autopilot. (Source: @Keubiko Twitter) But the ban in Israel looks to be part of a wider rule application. “Since autonomous driving has not been approved in Israel, the ministry asked the company to make sure its customers are aware of the limitation,” Calcalist reported.