The California authority claims that Tesla cars “cannot operate as autonomous vehicles».
The California Motor Vehicle Agency (DMV) accuses Tesla of lying to consumers about its self-driving technologies, and filed complaints in a state administrative court, according to the Los Angeles Times. Tesla «has made or disseminated statements that are false or misleading, and not based on factsaid the DMV in those complaints filed on July 28.
Tesla cars could never, “and cannot today function as autonomous vehicles“, according to the document cited by the Californian newspaper. The DMV criticizes Tesla for advertising language that gives these systems broader performance than they actually have. Contacted by AFP, the DMV did not respond immediately. Tesla shares fell sharply at the close of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, falling 6.63% to $864.51.
A victory for the Californian authority against the manufacturer of electric vehicles could have severe consequences, going as far as the revocation of the licenses authorizing Tesla to manufacture or sell its cars in California, further indicates the LA Timeswhich specifies that the measures envisaged concern rather the precision of the information that the manufacturer will have to provide to its customers.
In June, Tesla boss Elon Musk stressed the importance of fully self-driving to the company, adding that without it, his company’s value would be “close to zero». Tesla vehicles equipped with self-driving software have been involved in 273 crashes in the United Statesaccording to a report published in June by the United States Highway Safety Agency (NHTSA), which is investigating the American manufacturer’s driver assistance system.
His report focuses on vehicles with so-called level 2 software, meaning that can make the car accelerate or decelerate and turn the steering wheel if necessary, but requires an attentive driver who is ready to take control back at any time. In total, Tesla models were the subject of nearly 70% of the reports of the 392 accidents listed in this category, for almost all between July 2021 and mid-May 2022, according to the NHTSA.