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US authorities suing Tesla for advertising the autopilot system

US authorities suing Tesla for advertising the autopilot system

Tesla’s autopilot ad for agency ‘false or misleading’ © APA / AFP / Getty / SCOTT OLSON

California’s DMV has accused electric car maker Tesla of misleading consumers about its cars’ autopilot system. As the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday, the authority has filed a lawsuit against the company of tech billionaire Elon Musk. According to the report, Tesla has made statements in its advertisements that are “false or misleading and not based on facts”.

The authority accuses Tesla of providing better driver assistance systems than it actually is. So far, Tesla cars have not operated as “self-driving vehicles,” the authority complained.

According to the report, if the lawsuit succeeds, it could have serious consequences for the company, including the revocation of licenses that allow Tesla to manufacture and sell its cars in California. According to the “Los Angeles Times”, the authority only wants to investigate the lawsuit in which the car manufacturer must provide its customers with more detailed information.

Musk, the president of Tesla, said last June about how important self-driving cars are to his company. Without autopilot, the Tesla value tends “toward zero”.

In the past, accidents involving Teslas with autopilot have frequently made headlines. According to a June NHTSA report, autopilot-controlled Teslas were involved in 273 accidents in the United States within a year.

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