What defines a ‘self-driving car’?
The California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is now looking at Tesla company to redefine the meaning of ‘full self-driving cars’ in their advertisements. The state government said that they’re now reviewing if the EV company violated one of the state regulations of advertising things that weren’t proven yet. If yes, Elon Musk’s vehicle company may face serious punishments in the future.
There’s no ‘full self-driving’ cars yet for Tesla
One of the most misunderstood concept about EV company Tesla is their autopilot feature. Now, the California state is looking for clearer explanation by the company.
In an ABC News report on Monday, May 17, California’s DMV announced that there is a possibility that Tesla may face penalties for supposedly false-advertising their autopilot feature with their vehicles. The department confirmed that the EV giant was calling their cars with ‘full-self-driving’ feature. However, the legal definition of this term was not yet submitted to them by the company.
In one of its ads on the website, Tesla sells a $10,000 “Full Self-Driving” option for its electric vehicles. But, on the same website itself, the feature was not mentioned in any of the car’s capabilities. This is where California state entered the picture.
One of the state’s regulations prohibits advertising vehicles for sale or lease as autonomous if they can’t comply with the regulatory definition. So far, Musk’s company has not yet submitted a formal definition about the said autopilot feature.
What happens if they won’t submit anything?
California’s DMV states, once Tesla refuses to submit any memo to their review board, the company may face serious punishments such as suspension of autonomous vehicle permits or even revocation of a manufacturer’s license in the state.
If this happens, one of Tesla’s current biggest automotive plants in Fremont may be affected. This branch holds to 10 million square feet that produces most of the brand’s vehicles in the entire United States.
It is not a coincidence that California state has been getting stricter with Tesla nowadays. After all, the EV company is currently facing numerous cases of accidents, due to their ‘full self-driving’ feature.
One example was the man from Fontana which was recently killed after his Tesla Model 3 struck an overturned truck on a freeway. According to investigation of the California highway patrol (CHP), the victim, Steven Michael Hendrickson, could be driving his vehicle, at the time of accident, with the autopilot mode on.
Before his death accident, Hendrickson posted a video on Instagram showing him riding in the driver’s seat without his hands on the wheel or foot on the pedal as the Tesla navigated freeway traffic. The video included the comment: “Best carpool buddy possible – even takes the boring traffic for me.”
“Every time we spoke to him, he would light up talking about his kids and loved his Tesla,” Tesla Club-SoCal posted on Instagram. “He was truly an amazing human being and will be missed!”
A GoFundMe page was created by his family and friends to raise money for his funeral.