The DMV's complaint pointed to the names of these technologies, as well as other "misleading" language, such as the following that appears on the Autopilot page of Tesla's website.
"All you need to do is get in the car and tell your car where to go. If you don't say anything, your car will check your calendar and take you there as a hypothetical destination. YourTesla will find the best route to navigate city streets, complex intersections and highways."
If the DMV wins, the remedies it proposes could be severe, including revoking the company's license to build or sell cars in California.But the actual measures are likely to be much softer.
Next, "the DMV will require Tesla to educate consumers and better Educate Tesla drivers about the capabilities of its 'Autopilot' and 'Full Self-Driving' features, including warning about the limitations of these features and taking other appropriate actions based on violations."
In June, Tesla CEO Elon Musk emphasized the importance of fully autonomous driving for the company.Without it, Tesla's "basically zero value," he said.
The fully self-driving feature, which costs $12,000, is said to be able to drive the car autonomously on highways, city streets and community roads; automatically obey traffic signals; find a spot in a parking lot and park itself without a driver.
Despite the name, from Tesla or any other company, there is no car available for personal purchase that is capable of fully autonomous driving."Tesla vehicles have never, and do not, operate as self-driving vehicles," the DMV claims.
The DMV states that Tesla's website states that "features currently enabled require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous," and the disclaimer "is inconsistent with the original untrue or misleading labels and claims.contradictory, misleading, and does not correct the violation".
Tesla's driver-assistance technology has been a welcome addition to helping the automaker stand out in an increasingly crowded electric vehicle market.But videos on YouTube that repeatedly showed its systems putting cars in dangerous situations have drawn attention, including close frontal collisions with trucks and trains that required drivers to swerve hard to avoid collisions.A video appears to show Tesla's sensor system even confusing the moon in the sky with traffic lights stuck in yellow.
Tesla, which combines automatic cruise control with automatic steering and automatic lane changes, is being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration when the vehicle appears in a pattern that rams into an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the road.It's unclear how many crashes involved fully autonomous technology and whether those crashes resulted in death or injury.Tesla's on-board computer is able to pass this information to Tesla over the air, but the company doesn't share this data with the public.
Most recently, Musk claimed that full self-driving was not a factor in any Tesla crashes, even though at least eight crash reports from Tesla owners to federal safety regulators suggest otherwise.
Tesla has yet to respond to the DMV complaint, Tesla does not have a media relations office, and Musk's own page has not responded to invitations to tell Tesla's story.
State Sen. Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach), who chairs the Transportation Committee, called the facts behind the DMV's accusations against Tesla "extremely concerning.""It is extremely important to present the limitations of technology in the most accessible way possible to best protect public safety on our California roads," she said.