(Washington) California’s Motor Vehicle Agency (DMV) accuses Tesla of lying to consumers about its self-driving technologies and has filed lawsuits in a state administrative court, according to news reports released Friday.
Posted at 10:02 p.m
Tesla “has made or disseminated false or misleading statements that are not based on fact,” the DMV said in those complaints filed July 28, the DMV said. Los Angeles Times.
According to the document cited by the California newspaper, Tesla cars “never could and cannot today operate as autonomous vehicles.”
The DMV criticizes Tesla for advertising language that gives these systems broader performance than they actually have.
Contacted by AFP, the DMV did not immediately respond.
A victory by California authorities against the electric-vehicle maker could have serious consequences, up to and including revoking the licenses that allow Tesla to manufacture or sell its cars in California, it further suggests LA timeswhich specifies that the planned measures are more concerned with the accuracy of the information that the manufacturer must make available to its customers.
In June, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stressed the importance of fully autonomous driving to the company, adding that without it, his company’s value would be “nearly zero.”
Tesla shares fell 6.63% to $864.51 at the close on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.
Tesla vehicles equipped with self-driving software have been involved in 273 accidents in the United States, according to a report by the US Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA), which investigates the American manufacturer’s driver-assistance system.
His report focuses on vehicles with so-called Level 2 software, which can accelerate or slow the car and turn the steering wheel if necessary, but requires an alert driver who is ready to take back control at any moment.
Overall, Tesla models were the subject of nearly 70% of the reports of the 392 accidents listed in this category, almost all between July 2021 and mid-May 2022, according to NHTSA.