California DMV accuses Tesla of falsely advertising FSD and Autopilot features

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has accused Tesla of misrepresenting Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features in their advertising.

Last week, the California DMV submitted a pair of complaints about the Tesla’s advertising to the Office of Administrative Hearings.

As per the complaint, the DMV noted that Tesla:

made or disseminated statements that are untrue or misleading, and not based on facts.

Although we have not seen the entire complaint, when asked by the LA Times for a comment, a DMV spokesperson said this about what happens if their complaint succeeds:

The DMV will ask that Tesla will be required to advertise to consumers and better educate Tesla drivers about the capabilities of its ‘Autopilot’ and ‘Full Self-Driving’ features, including cautionary warnings regarding the limitations of the features, and for other actions as appropriate given the violations.

Tesla, for its sake, has a disclaimer on its website about Autopilot and FSD that states:

the currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous.

We do not have a timeline on when the Office of Administrative Hearings will consider the complaint.

Tesla did provide a comment on the situation or accusations from the DMV.

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