US government agency: Tesla electric car is not like advertising

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2022-08-14 14:47:03

WRONG ADVERTISING

On July 28, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (California DMV) sent out a number of documents, including stating that Tesla is currently falsely advertising two popular features. enabled by the company: Autopilot and Full Self-Driving.

The agency said Tesla misled consumers when advertising messages on its website overstated the true capabilities of the driver-assistance technology found in its models. Bureau documents state that Tesla “made or spread untrue, misleading, and factual information“.

The Full Self-Driving feature package, priced at $12,000, is only activated for Tesla-approved riders.

The bureau’s document specifies the name of the technology that Tesla is falsely promoting, and also points to “misleading” information posted on the company’s website. The allegedly false information appeared on the airline’s website:

“All you will need to do is get in and tell your car where to go. If you don’t say anything, your car will look at your calendar and take you there as the assumed destination. Your Tesla will figure out the optimal route , navigating urban streets, complex intersections and freeways.”

(Translation: “What you need to do is get in the car and say where you need to go. If you don’t say anything, your car will check the schedule, deduce the destination and take you there. Your Tesla. will find the optimal route on its own, crossing city streets, busy intersections, and highways.”)

After that information, many speculated that the California Department of Road Vehicles would take action, possibly including withdrawing the license to manufacture and sell vehicles in the state of California, USA. The Department has not officially issued a handling measure, but the actual measure may not be as severe.

Last Friday, a representative of the Department had an email exchange with the Los Angeles Times, saying:The Bureau will require Tesla to inform users in general and Tesla users in particular about the capabilities of the ‘Autopilot’ and ‘Full Self-Driving’ features, including dangerous warnings about restrictions. of the feature, and adjust actions accordingly to what was violated“.

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Billionaire Elon Musk once said that Tesla would be “just zero” without the autopilot assist feature. Photo: Getty Images Europe

Talking more about the company’s autopilot assistance features, billionaire Elon Musk – CEO of Tesla – once made a statement expressing the importance of the Full Self-Driving automatic driving support feature with the firm. Elon Musk thinks that without this feature, Tesla is “just zero”.

Currently, Tesla is selling the Full Self-Driving feature package to users for $ 12,000 (equivalent to about 280 million), advertising that Full Self-Driving can control the car on its own on highways and domestic roads. urban, internal roads; capable of obeying traffic signs; can park the car on its own without the driver’s control.

TESLA ELECTRIC VEHICLES NEVER BEEN A self-driving car

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There have been many cases of Tesla’s autopilot system making mistakes that caused the car to crash into a roadside priority vehicle, which has led to a series of investigations towards Tesla.

Although this autonomous driving assistance feature is called Full Self-Driving (literally translated: “Full self-driving”), not a single car sold by Tesla is capable of reaching the “fully self-driving“. California Department of Road Vehicles, USA also stated that Tesla electric vehicle has never done so,”and will not be able to operate like an autonomous vehicle at present“.

The bureau’s document also states that on Tesla’s website, the company states that “the current feature needs to be operated under the supervision of the driver and will not turn the car into an autonomous vehicle“However, the Bureau considers that”disclaimer“this is from Tesla”contradicts false, misleading information advertised and named, and cannot justify infringement“.

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Is Autopilot really safe?

In fact, it’s hard to deny that Tesla’s autonomous driving assist technology has made it and its products stand out and have a desirable position in an already overcrowded market. However, whether its feature really brings safety to the occupants of the car like what Tesla says is aiming for is still a question mark.

A series of videos on social media sites show situations where Tesla’s autonomous driving assistance system pushes the vehicle and its occupants, as well as other road users, into significant, dangerous situations. Next are the times when there is a risk of directly hitting a truck going in the opposite direction or hitting a train, which if the Tesla driver does not react in time, there will be a disaster. Another video from a few months ago shows a Tesla having identified the Moon as a traffic light over a long distance.

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The autonomous driving assistance system helps Tesla stand out in the market.

There is currently no information on the number of times Full Self-Driving has been involved in accidents that result in injury or death. The computer system on Tesla is in fact capable of recording this information, but it only transmits to Tesla’s internal database and is not made public to the public, and possibly also not to regulators. know, because Tesla might consider it a trade secret.

Recently, billionaire Elon Musk also confirmed that the Full Self-Driving system has never been involved in any Tesla accidents, but at least 9 Tesla owners have filed a complaint with the US federal government. about accidents believed to be related to Full Self-Driving.

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