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California DMV: Tesla Falsely Advertised Autopilot, Full Self-Driving

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has become the latest regulator to complain about the way Tesla describes its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features to consumers.

The Los Angeles Times reports(Opens in a new window) that the California DMV filed two complaints with the Office of Administrative Hearings on July 28 in which it said Tesla "made or disseminated statements that are untrue or misleading, and not based on facts,” regarding its autonomous driving capabilities.

National Transportation Safety Board chair Jennifer Homendy made similar complaints in September 2021. Homendy told(Opens in a new window) the Wall Street Journal that Tesla's branding is "misleading and irresponsible" and has "clearly misled numerous people to misuse and abuse technology." It's easy to see how.

Tesla makes it clear on its website(Opens in a new window) that neither of its self-driving add-ons offers truly autonomous driving capabilities, but what are people supposed to expect from a pair of features called Autopilot and Full Self-Driving if not vehicles capable of driving themselves?

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