Tesla overstated its Autopilot and self driving capabilities, lawsuit alleges

Electric vehicle giant Tesla has been accused of exaggerating the abilities of its Autopilot and Full Self Driving features.

Filed in San Francisco federal court, the suit accuses Tesla and its chief executive, Elon Musk, of misrepresenting the driver-assistance technology.

According to the lawsuit, Tesla and Musk have “generated media attention, to deceive consumers into believing it has unrivaled cutting-edge technology, and to establish itself as a leading player in the fast-growing electric vehicle market.”

The lawsuit specifically cites Musk’s claims that Tesla’s technology would allow one of its cars to drive cross-country by itself by 2018, and that Tesla would have a fleet of fully autonomous robotaxis by 2020.

Tesla’s safety record was also called out, with the lawsuit saying Tesla’s flawed technology has had fatal consequences.

There have been tonnes of complaints about Tesla’s driver-assistance features, including Consumer Reports in 2019 calling on Tesla to change the “Autopilot” name because if gives drivers a false sense of security.

Similarly, a 2019 report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that found drivers overestimated the capabilities of Autopilot.

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