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Tesla's Self-Driving Claims Under Scrutiny in Calif.

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May 19, 2021—Is Tesla overselling its vehicles by advertising a "Full Self-Driving" option?

The state of California is investigating to see if that's the case, the Associated Press reported yesterday.

According to the AP, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles is reviewing if the EV-maker is violating a state regulation "that prohibits advertising vehicles for sale or lease as autonomous if they can't comply with the regulatory definition."

"Tesla advertises a $10,000 'Full Self-Driving' option on the website for its electric vehicles, but the same website says the vehicles cannot drive themselves," the AP story says. "CEO Elon Musk has said he expects Tesla’s vehicles will be able to drive themselves more safely than humans sometime this year."

ADAPT has covered such issues before when it comes to ADAS, detailing how "autonowashing" oversells vehicle features.

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