Monday, 08 August 2022 13:57

California DMV Accuses Tesla of False Advertising for Autopilot, FSD

Written by Steven Loveday, InsideEVs

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According to the California DMV, Tesla has falsely advertised its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features on its website.

Moreover, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the company itself have made a habit of touting the capability of these features to the point that some people may believe they are fully autonomous.


Tesla doesn't currently make any feature that can drive a car by itself. Instead, the Autopilot and Full Self-Driving capability are driver-assist systems. Both require a driver to be in the driver's seat, paying attention and ready to take control at any time. 


The DMV's accusations came forward after complaints were filed with California's Office of Administrative Hearings. The DMV said Tesla has been misleading its customers and potential buyers about the capability of its advanced driver-assist systems. The state went so far as to say Tesla made or published statements that are simply not based on fact.


According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, Tesla's website stated Autopilot "enables your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically within its lane." The automaker said FSD adds the ability for the car to obey traffic signals and make lane changes.


That said, Tesla also explained Autopilot and FSD do not make a Tesla vehicle autonomous, and both features require active supervision from an attentive driver.


The DMV believes the details shared by Tesla above are contradictory to one another, which makes the company's labels misleading and potentially dangerous. You can't say something is capable of some task, but then turn around and say it actually isn't without help.


As far as punishment is concerned, there's a chance California could revoke Tesla's license to build and sell its cars in California. However, it's not likely it will go so far. According to multiple sources, it seems the DMV may force Tesla to compensate owners, which is similar to what has happened in individual cases abroad.


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