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>> Silicon Valley prides itself on being 3,000 miles and a virtual world away from Washington. Apparently it's not far enough. Thursday, Senate Republican John Thune asking Tesla CEO Elon Musk to brief the Senate Committee on auto safety about the crash that killed a driver while cruising on Tesla's autopilot mode.
The scrutiny increasing from Washington to Wall Street Thursday. Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas a long time Tesla Bolt, called on the company to take action and drop the name for its newest, and now most controversial technology. Reuters Tech Correspondent Alexandria Sage.>> What Jonas is saying is that the term autopilot might lead a reasonable driver to assume that the car is, in fact, going to take control over the driving functions, but in fact Tesla's autopilot is really a driver-assistance program.
>> More co-pilot than autopilot, consumer reports saying the same and going a step further, Thursday, wielding its influence with a recommendation that Tesla disable autopilot's automatic steering function, saying consumers are being sold a pile of promises about unproven technology. Musk meanwhile is expected part two of his so-called master plan for the company in the coming days with speculation that he'll push to create an energy conglomerate that combines Tesla and SolarCity, both of which he co-founded.
Tesla investors unfazed, the often volatile shares barely budging Thursday.