The electric car manufacturer Tesla has further legal problems because of its driving assistance programs marketed under names such as “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving”. A US law firm filed a lawsuit on Wednesday (local time) on behalf of a Tesla owner who accuses Elon Musk’s company of misleading advertising promises. Tesla has not yet commented on this.
The name of the program promises more
Tesla misled the public in promoting the programs, the lawsuit alleges. The manufacturer has suggested since 2016 that its technologies for self-driving cars are already fully operational or are about to be. In fact, the software is still immature and insecure. The promises have “turned out to be wrong again and again”. Customers who received updates to the programs act as “unskilled test engineers”.
Tesla boss Musk always emphasizes that his company’s software makes driving safer and helps to avoid accidents. However, Tesla points out to customers that these are assistance systems and that drivers must keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times and be ready to take control of the vehicle.
Nevertheless, the programs are controversial – also because terms like “autopilot” and “full self-driving” sound like fully autonomous driving.
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In August, California’s traffic authority sued the carmaker for false advertising promises in Tesla’s driver assistance software. What is certain is that in the past, customers have repeatedly allowed themselves to be carried away by daring actions. A number of videos of risky maneuvers in which drivers rely entirely on the programs are circulating on the Internet. In June, the US Department of Transportation expanded an “autopilot” investigation into a series of rear-end collisions.
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