The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has become the latest regulator to complain about the way Tesla describes its Autopilot and full self-driving features to consumers.
Los Angeles Times Reports (opens in a new window) that the California DMV filed two complaints with the Office of Administrative Hearings on July 28 stating that Tesla “made or circulated untrue or misleading statements, and not based on facts” About driving capabilities.
Jennifer Homendy, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, made similar complaints in September 2021. Homendy Told(Opens in a new window) wall street journal That Tesla’s branding is “misleading and irresponsible” and that it has “clearly misled many people to misuse and abuse the technology.”
It’s easy to see how. Tesla makes it clear on its website (opens in a new window) that none of its self-driving add-ons offer truly autonomous driving capabilities, but a couple of features that allow people to use autopilot and full self-driving. What to expect from a vehicle if the vehicle is not capable of driving itself?
Tesla also says that “all new Tesla cars have the hardware necessary for full self-driving in almost all conditions in the future” and “capable of traveling short and long distances without any action required by the person in the driver.” Was designed to be “seat.”
The company notes that it will release those features over time as it continues to refine its technology and gain approval from regulators. But it is clearly striving to instill confidence in its self-driving technologies based on its expectations for the future rather than its current capabilities.
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California DMV told Times that, if its action is successful, it would “ask whether Tesla needs to advertise to consumers and better educate Tesla drivers about the capabilities of its ‘autopilot’ and ‘full self-driving’ features, including Including warning warnings about limitations, features, and other actions given to violations as appropriate.”
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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