California examines Tesla’s autopilot advertisement


The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is examining whether Tesla is advertising its driver assistance system in a misleading manner. That reports the Los Angeles Times. The electric car manufacturer describes the system as “full self-driving capability”. In fact, however, a Tesla can use the system to change lanes, take exits or stop at traffic lights and stop signs, but cannot drive fully autonomously according to current technical standards.

In Germany, the District Court of Munich I opened in July 2020 Lawsuit filed by the headquarters to combat unfair competition Tesla forbids advertising statements such as “Autopilot included”, “Full potential for autonomous driving” or “By the end of the year: … automatic driving in urban areas”. The DMV wanted details of his investigation the Los Angeles Times according to their report do not say, therefore, whether the investigation is related to fatal accidents involving Tesla drivers.

Tesla points out in its small print that the autopilot driver assistance “does not make the car autonomous” and that “active supervision” is necessary. But there are videos on social media of mostly young men bypassing Tesla’s driver monitoring system, getting into the back seat and letting their car drive. A man recently raced into a truck with his Tesla Model 3 that had previously posted videos on the Internet in which he had neither his hands on the steering wheel nor his feet on the pedals in his moving Tesla.

If the DMV proves Tesla to be misleading, the ministry could withdraw licenses from the automaker. If Tesla is not wrong with its advertising, the company would let cars drive on public roads with a technology – according to its own advertising – for which there is no necessary approval, explains the newspaper.


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