The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has accused Tesla of falsely advertising its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features. And has therefore filed several lawsuits against the automaker.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has accused Tesla of engaging in deceptive practices around the marketing of its driver assistance systems. Which carry the Autopilot and Full Self Driving brands in the United States. The agency filed two separate complaints with the state’s Office of Administrative Hearings on July 28, alleging that Tesla made “false or misleading” statements about the self-driving capabilities of its vehicles.
According to the DMV, Tesla says that with fully self-driving (FSD), currently in beta. “All you have to do is get in your car and tell it where to go. If you don’t say anything, your car will check your calendar and take you to that location as its presumed destination. Your Tesla will determine the optimal route, navigating city streets, complex intersections and freeways”.
Tesla spotted lying about its fully autonomous driving
On its official website, Tesla therefore seems not to give only exact information about its driving assistance systems. Including Full-Self Driving. As a reminder, drivers have to pay an extra $12,000 for Tesla’s FSD system. An option that adds automatic parking, automatic lane changing. In addition to the the ability for drivers to summon a vehicle from a parking spot to where they are. And access to a beta program to test features.
Tesla announces for example that ” The FSD system is designed to be able to make short and long distance journeys without the person sitting in the driver’s seat having to intervene “. However, Full-Self Driving is still in beta phase and the driver must always be aware of his environment. Tesla owners should always have their hands on the wheel. And it’s not uncommon for drivers to have to take control when approaching dangerous situations. The system works relatively well on most roads, but is still not without flaws.
It is surprising to see Tesla posting such comments on its website, since the company has already admitted in the past that Autopilot does not yet make its cars autonomous. This isn’t the first time these technologies have come under scrutiny. As Tesla has previously been ordered to share its Autopilot data with authorities.