Complaint against Tesla, accused of lying about its self-driving features

Complaint against Tesla, accused of lying about its self-driving features

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is accusing Tesla of lying to consumers about its self-driving technology, and has filed a lawsuit in state administrative court, according to news reports released Friday.

Tesla “has made or disseminated information that is false or misleading, and not based on fact,” the DMV said in the complaint filed July 28, the Los Angeles Times understands.

Tesla cars have never been capable of, “and today cannot function as autonomous vehicles,” according to the document cited by the Californian newspaper.

The DMV is criticizing Tesla for advertising language that gives these systems broader coverage than they actually are.

Contacted by AFP, the DMV did not immediately respond.

The victory of the California authorities against the manufacturer of electric cars can have serious consequences, up to the cancellation of licenses authorizing Tesla to manufacture or sell its cars in California, shows more LA Times, which notes that the expected measures are related. instead of the accuracy of the information that the manufacturer will have to provide to its customers.

In June, Tesla boss Elon Musk emphasized the importance of fully autonomous driving for the company, adding that without it the value of his company would be “close to zero”.

Shares of Tesla fell sharply at the close of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, falling 6.63% to $864.51.

Tesla cars equipped with self-driving software have been involved in 273 crashes in the US, according to a June report from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is investigating the US manufacturer’s driver assistance system.

Its report focuses on cars with so-called level 2 software, meaning it can make the car accelerate or decelerate and turn the steering wheel if necessary, but it requires an attentive driver who is ready to take back control at any time.

In total, Tesla models were the subject of nearly 70% of the 392 accident reports listed in this category, nearly all between July 2021 and mid-May 2022, according to NHTSA.