California authorities are investigating Tesla FSD feature claims by Elon Musk

California authorities are investigating Tesla FSD feature claims by Elon Musk

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is investigating that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is suspected of exaggerating the EV’s optional Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature. According to the LA Times, the DMV went into an “aggressive investigation” last week after Tesla engineers reportedly admitted that Mr. Musk’s explanation of the FSD system on social media was more exaggerated than it really is. He said he embarked.

Tesla emphasized that the FSD option that can be installed in EVs for an additional $10,000 is “fully automatic driving compatible function” on the website, and in a small note “Currently available function is driver You have the need and responsibility to monitor yourself, and you don’t move the vehicle autonomously,” he said.

Perhaps because of the confusingness of this explanation, some Tesla owners assume that Autopilot or FSD provide features at face value, or overconfidence in those features and the driver’s seat while driving. There are many cases of accidents caused by moving away from.

I’m not sure about the psychology of putting an act that puts my life at risk, but if it’s due to “misleading publicity about self-driving cars,” it violates DMV regulations. This EV manufacturer may be subject to penalties.

According to DMV, if Tesla can determine that it is deceiving a customer, it may be subject to penalties for suspending or revoking autonomous vehicle deployment licenses, vehicle manufacturing and sales licenses issued by DMV to companies. “Vehicles that use autonomous driving technology to drive on public roads without permission are subject to police control and may be prohibited from driving on public roads,” he added.

By the way, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not impose penalties for hype by automakers, but DMV can impose sanctions on the act of promoting non-autonomous vehicles as autonomous driving. I will. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also regulates false advertising, but the FTC declined to comment on inquiries from the LA Times.

The Autopilot and FSD functions currently introduced by Tesla correspond to Level 2 “driving assistance technology” as an automatic driving level. Therefore, there is no need to report test data to state authorities that occurs during public road test driving of self-driving cars.

Meanwhile, other autonomous driving developers such as Waymo, Argo AI, Cruise, Zoox and Aurora are providing this information. Unlike Tesla, these companies use rigorously trained operators to test autonomous driving technology on public roads, but in that sense, Tesla has general Tesla owners in developing autonomous driving technology. It is used as a data collection tester for.

“Tesla may be causing legal problems in many ways, and competitors with real-life self-driving systems,” said Brian Walker Smith of the University of South Carolina, who is familiar with US self-driving car legislation. “Other companies, consumers, and future victims of the accident could also file suit against Tesla under state and federal law.”

Tesla is currently facing hundreds of proceedings. Several fatal accidents have occurred so far due to malfunctions or misuse of Autopilot. NHTSA is currently investigating more than 20 Tesla investigations, but it will take several years to reach a conclusion on the accident investigation, so it is unclear how long it will take for all of these investigations to be resolved. There is none.

It has long been pointed out that the names of Autopilot and FSD can be misunderstood as if they were more sophisticated than they really are. Regardless of what the DMV makes in this study, Musk CEO may have to think a bit before making a big deal.

Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.