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Automotive Lobbying Group Abandons the Term 'Self-Driving'

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Sensors atop a Waymo autonomous vehicle.

Waymo announced last year that it would stop using the term “self-driving car,” a move it characterized as “using more deliberate language.”

Credit: Waymo/Futurism

The training wheels are starting to come off.

The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a Washington, DC-based lobbying group representing a number of auto industry heavyweights, has renamed itself to the "Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association" (AVIA), a notable shift away from the term "self-driving," The Verge reports.

While the group didn't directly mention Tesla in its announcement, the move is likely a response to the Elon Musk-led company's efforts to market its "Full Self-Driving" feature, a highly controversial driver assist feature that has landed the company in hot water with lawmakers on a number of occasions.

While Musk has been promising that fully self-driving cars will be available the "next year" every year since 2014, Tesla vehicles are still unable to fully drive themselves in 2022.

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