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Tesla US Department Of Justice Opens Investigation Into Tesla Driver Assistance Features

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New Delhi: The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched an investigation into Tesla’s driver assistance features, the company said in financial documents on Tuesday, AFP reported.

The filing comes amid an ongoing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) review of the electric vehicle maker’s Autopilot system.

“The company has been asked by the Department of Justice to submit documents related to Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD (fully self-driving) capabilities,” the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings told AFP on Tuesday. was done.

Tesla didn’t say exactly what the Department of Justice’s demands were, but media reports said the DOJ was investigating whether claims about Autopilot’s design and its capabilities gave users a false sense of security. and can lead to complacency behind the wheel. fatal consequences.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has often said that a fully self-driving car is just around the corner, but his car still only has “assisted driving.” road.

Experts also say the system can make mistakes, and even CEO Elon Musk admits it.

On its website, Tesla says its Autopilot and fully self-driving capabilities options “require a fully observant driver at the wheel, ready to take over driving at any moment.”

Tesla is already facing multiple investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over two driver assistance systems, Autopilot and “fully self-driving.”

In 2021, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Jennifer Homendy told CNBC that using the term “fully self-driving” is “misleading.”

This isn’t the first time the company’s marketing language has come under scrutiny. Last year, the California Department of Motor Vehicles filed a complaint against the company for using advertising claims that made its products appear more capable than they actually were.

Bloomberg reported that the Justice Department investigation was launched for similar reasons.

“In an ongoing investigation, to our knowledge, no government agency has concluded that any wrongdoing occurred,” Tesla said in a filing Tuesday.

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