According to the US press, the California Automotive Agency (DMV) has accused Tesla of lying to consumers about its self-driving technologies and has filed a complaint.
California Motor Vehicle Agency (DMV) is accusing Tesla of lying to consumers about self-driving technologies, and has filed a lawsuit in state administrative court, according to news reports Friday. The DMV said in those complaints filed on July 28, the court understands that Tesla “made or published false or misleading statements, not based on facts.” Los Angeles Times.
According to the document cited by the California newspaper, Tesla cars could never “and today cannot function as self-driving vehicles.” DMV criticizes Tesla for advertising language that gives these systems more performance than they already have. AFP called, and the DMV did not immediately respond.
The victory of California authority over the electric car manufacturer could have serious consequences, amounting to the revocation of licenses that allow Tesla to manufacture or sell its cars in California, notes the Los Angeles Times, which specifies that the envisaged actions relate rather than the accuracy of the information that will have to The manufacturer has to offer it to its customers. In June, Tesla chief Elon Musk stressed the importance of fully autonomous driving for the company, adding that without it his company’s value would be “close to zero.”
273 accidents across the Atlantic
Tesla cars equipped with self-driving software have been involved in 273 crashes in the United States, according to a June report from the US Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA), which investigates the US manufacturer’s driver assistance system. His report focuses on vehicles with so-called Level 2 software, which means it can make the car accelerate or slow down and turn the steering wheel if necessary, but it requires a vigilant driver willing to take back control at any time.
In total, Tesla models have been the subject of nearly 70% of the 392 accident reports included in this category, roughly between July 2021 and mid-May 2022, according to NHTSA.