Mobileye: Tesla allowed hands-free driving over Mobileye’s objections

In its filing with the U.S. Securities Commission on Friday, Israeli firm Mobileye - a company known for its vision systems for vehicles - accused its former partner Tesla Motors of allowing the drivers of its electric vehicles to drive hands-free while using the 'Autopilot' driving assistance system even despite Mobileye's objections.

In the filing, Mobileye said that Elon Musk - the CEO of Tesla - had assured Mobileye's senior executives, during the product-planning communications between the top executives of the two companies in May 2015, that the drivers of Tesla vehicles will not be allowed to take their hands off the wheel while using the 'Autopilot' system.

However, the filing by Mobileye further claims that Tesla eventually backed off its promise when it launched hands-free activation features in late 2015.

Asserting that Tesla allowed hands-free driving to users of Autopilot system over Mobileye's objections, Mobileye said that that had expressed safety concerns, during product-planning communications, over Tesla's plans to allow drivers to drive hands-free while using Autopilot.

Mobileye further emphasized that it has long been the company's position that "Tesla's Autopilot should not be allowed to operate hands-free without proper and substantial technological restrictions and limitations."