A California-based Tesla Inc TSLA owner has sued the electric car manufacturer and says that the company and its CEO Elon Musk is marketing the Autopilot and “Full Self-Driving” software in a “misleading and deceptive manner”.
Tesla owner Briggs Food Shoe has said he paid a $5,000 premium for the 2018 Tesla Model X to get “Enhanced Autopilot,” which was sold as a precursor to FSD software that now costs $1[ads1]5,000 but is still in beta.
According to the lawsuit, since 2016, Tesla and Musk have deceptively advertised the technology as fully functional or “just around the corner” despite knowing that the technology did not work or was absent and made vehicles unsafe.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. federal court in San Francisco, seeks unspecified damages for people who since 2016 have purchased or leased Tesla vehicles with Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features.
“The plaintiff brings this consumer class action to hold Tesla and its representatives, including CEO Elon Musk, liable for years of misleading and deceptive statements regarding the company’s advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technology,” the lawsuit states.
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Tesla has come under heavy scrutiny for its controversial Autopilot advanced driver assistance system. Last month, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) accused Musk-run Tesla of making false claims about its Autopilot and FSD features.
The lawsuit claimed: “Tesla has deceptively and misleadingly marketed its ADAS technology as autonomous driving technology under various names, including ‘Autopilot,’ ‘Enhanced Autopilot,’ and ‘Full Self-Driving Capability,’ the latter two charging consumers thousands of extra dollars to add to their new vehicle.”
According to Tesla, Autopilot allows vehicles to steer, accelerate and brake within their lane, while Full Self-Driving allows vehicles to obey traffic signals and change lanes.
It also said both technologies “require active driver supervision,” with a “fully attentive” driver whose hands are on the wheel, “and do not make the vehicle autonomous.”
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