Tesla's autopilot and self-driving claims are under fire again, this time from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in a complaint it filed on July 28, 2022, Ramishah Maruf and Matt McFarland reported for CNN.
Photo Insert: Teslas using driver-assist systems were involved in 273 crashes over the past 9 months, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The complaint alleges that the company made "untrue or misleading" statements in advertisements on its website by claiming that Tesla vehicles were, or could be, equipped with advanced driver assistance system features.
Teslas using driver-assist systems were involved in 273 crashes over the past 9 months, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of 497 total crashes studied by the NHTSA, 43% of those caused by driver-assist technologies took place in California, the data found.
The Tesla (TSLA) advertisements ran in marketing materials on the company's website "on at least five dates" between May 2021 and July 2022, the complaint said.
They included descriptions such as "Autopilot" and "Full Self-Driving Capability" and used such wording as "All you will need to do is get in and tell your car where to go...Your Tesla will figure out the optimal route, navigating urban streets, complex intersections and freeways," the suit said.
Another claim that the California DMV alleged was misleading said "the system is designed to be able to conduct short and long-distance trips with no action required by the person in the driver's seat."
DMV scuttled Tesla’s boast, saying "These advertisements are a deceptive practice under California's Civil Code.”
Tesla has published disclaimers from as recently as June warning the features still require active driver supervision, which contradict the "misleading labels and claims," the complaint added. Tesla's advertising actions could cause it to temporarily lose its manufacturer license and special plate numbers in California, the complaint warned.