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Tesla is not as autonomous as Elon Musk claims

In addition to electric propulsion, Tesla’s reputation is largely based on the technology built into its cars, and in particular the famous Autopilot, which allows you to move with a certain autonomy in several situations. At least that’s what Elon Musk says. However, if it is true that Tesla seems to have a definite advantage over other manufacturers in this area, Tesla is clearly not autonomous vehicles yet. And that’s what the powerful California Motor Vehicle Agency (DMV) wants to remind us of.

The Department of Motor Vehicles even filed a lawsuit accusing the automaker of lying to customers about its autonomous driving technology. For the DMV, Tesla would distribute false or misleading statements. In a press release published by the Los Angeles Times, DMV points out that “Tesla vehicles have never been able to, and cannot today, function as autonomous vehicles.”

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Requirements

“DMV will ask Tesla to better inform and educate Tesla drivers about the true capabilities of its AutoPilot and Full Self-Driving features, including warning them of the limitations of these features and other appropriate actions to address violations,” the American newspaper further elaborated. in its columns.

If this legal attack by the DMV is likely to make many smile, its potential implications should not be underestimated. Indeed, if the court agrees with the DMV, it could result in the revocation of licenses allowing Tesla to manufacture or sell its vehicles in California. Which is definitely nothing…

273 accidents per year

This niche climb comes at a very inopportune time for Tesla because in a report released in June, the U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) highlighted the fact that Tesla vehicles equipped with self-driving software were involved in 273 accidents in USA. USA last year. The agency is also investigating the driver assistance system and its findings are expected shortly.

It is often found in crashes that the driver mistakenly relies entirely on the autopilot when the device is viewed as a Level 2 driving aid, meaning it is capable of accelerating or decelerating and turning the steering wheel, but does not still require an alert driver ready to recover. control at any time. It is true that Elon Musk is pushing the idea of ​​autonomous driving on Tesla in every possible way. He also stated that without autopilot, the value of his company would be close to zero…

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