Tesla accused of ‘false or misleading statements’

This is a Tesla hit. An electric car manufacturer may have to review its publicity stunt to extol the advantages of autonomous driving in its cars. Accusing her of lying to consumers about the technology, the California Motor Vehicle Agency (DMV) has filed a lawsuit in state administrative court, according to news reports Friday. As a result of the legal action, Tesla stock fell sharply at the New York Stock Exchange close on Friday, returning 6.63% to $864.51.

According to complaints filed on July 28 by the DMV, Tesla Make or publish false or misleading statements that are not based on facts »And the Reports, according to Los Angeles Times. Tesla cars can never, Today, they cannot operate as autonomous vehicles »According to the document quoted by the California newspaper. DMV criticizes Tesla for advertising language that gives these systems more performance than they already have. AFP called, and the DMV did not immediately respond.

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In June, Tesla chief Elon Musk also stressed the importance of fully autonomous driving for the company, adding that without it, his company’s value would be lost. close to zero ».

The victory of California authority over the electric car manufacturer could have serious consequences, such as revoking the licenses that allow Tesla to manufacture or sell its cars in California, further indicates that Los Angeles Times. The paper specifies that the envisaged actions are rather about the accuracy of the information that the manufacturer will have to provide to its customers.

273 accidents in the United States

This is not the first time that vehicles equipped with self-driving software have been featured. They’ve been implicated, in fact, in 273 crashes in the United States, according to a report published in June by the U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA), which investigates the U.S. manufacturer’s driver assistance system. His report focuses on vehicles with so-called Level 2 software, which means it can make the car accelerate or slow down and turn the steering wheel if necessary, but it requires a vigilant driver willing to take back control at any time. In total, Tesla models have been the subject of nearly 70% of the 392 accident reports included in this category, roughly between July 2021 and mid-May 2022, according to NHTSA.

Due to supply difficulties in the auto sector, as well as the health crisis, Tesla posted a weaker performance in the second quarter compared to the previous quarter. With 254,695 vehicles delivered between April and June, the manufacturer’s shipments were down 18%. If that remains better than the same period a year earlier (+27%), according to results published in early July, analysts were counting on 264,000 deliveries.

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(with AFP)