German court okays Tesla’s use of “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving” in Marketing


Tesla has won an important decision in court in Germany that will allow it to use the words “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving” in marketing, per a report by Tesmanian.

Tesla had to limit Autopilot functionality in Europe to comply with UNECE regulations.

An Intermediate Court of Appeals overturned a ruling by a Munich court in 2020 preventing the company from using the two terms in its marketing in Germany. The court had ruled that Autopilot and Full Self-Driving were misleading to Tesla customers. The news was met with glee in the media, and some of the company’s rivals celebrated the setback.

However, the overturning of the ruling was on the basis that Tesla made it clear Autopilot and Full Self-Driving are driver assist features and cannot fully control the car.

The court’s decision is final and cannot be appealed. This means Tesla can use the terms freely as it does in other parts of the world.

Meanwhile, Tesla continues to face trouble regarding Autopilot and Full Self-Driving. California has accused the EV maker of falsely advertising the features.