In a proposed class action, Elon Musk’s electric car company was accused of misinforming the public by heavily promoting its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features.
The criticism accused Tesla and Musk of deceptive advertising of the technology as fully functional or “just around the corner” since 2016, despite knowing that it did not work or did not even exist, making vehicles unsafe.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, seeks undetermined damages for people who purchased or leased Cars with Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot, or Full Self-Driving features since 2016.
Tesla did not right away respond to requests. In 2020, it dissolved its media relations department.
Autopilot, according to Tesla, allows vehicles to steer, accelerate, and brake within their lanes, whereas Full Self-Driving allows vehicles to follow traffic signals and switch lanes.
Both technologies, according to the company, “require intense driver monitoring,” with a “completely attentive” driver with their hands on the wheel, and “do not make the vehicle independent.”
Matsko, of Rancho Murieta, said he paid a $5,000 surcharge for Enhanced Autopilot on his 2018 Tesla Model X.He also claimed that Tesla drivers who obtain software upgrades “essentially act as undertrained test engineers” and have discovered “myriad problems,” such as vehicles steering into oncoming traffic, running red lights, and failing to make routine turns.
Since 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened 38 special investigations into Tesla crashes involving ADAS. In those crashes, nineteen people were killed.