Lawsuit against Tesla: Is the company deceiving its customers with the autopilot system?
The California Automobile Authority (DMV) has filed a lawsuit against electric car company Elon Musk, accusing Tesla of misleading consumers about its cars’ autopilot system.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Tesla made statements in its ads that were “false or misleading and not based on facts.”
The show is better than the reality
Among other things, it’s about phrases like this, which are used in the USA: “All you have to do is get in the car and tell your car where to go. If you don’t say anything, your car will check your calendar and drive you there.” Your Tesla finds the perfect route, navigating city streets, complex intersections and highways.”
The authority accuses Tesla of offering driver assistance systems better than they actually are: According to the lawsuit, the cars have not yet operated as “self-driving vehicles.”
And in fact, the highest level of autopilot development, “full autonomous driving”, is just a set of assistance systems, the driver should be able to intervene at any time. Tesla indicates this on the Internet and on the car screen, but this is not enough for authority in light of advertising promises.
Lawsuits can have dire consequences
According to the report, if the lawsuit succeeds, it could go so far as to revoke the licenses that allow Tesla to manufacture and sell its cars in California.