Tesla to stop misleading Germans with ‘autopilot’: Court

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Tesla has autopilot Is not a fully autonomous system, Even the part called “full self-driving ability”. Which is confusing for only those of us who expect to mean words, a group consisting of a court in Germany.

A ruling handed down from the Munich regional court on Tuesday meant that Tesla is now banned from using the phrases “full capacity for autonomous driving” and “autopilot inclusive” in advertisements there, as the court said it Is confusing. The lawsuit was filed by the ruling industry group after a debate.

Tesla may appeal the decision, and did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but I would like to suggest it.

Via Bloomberg:

The judges also said that Tesla unfairly campaigned that its cars would be able to self-navigate cities by the end of 2019.

The court said in an email statement, using the words ‘autopilot’ and other phrases suggests cars are capable of being technically fully autonomous. “Additionally, it is claimed that it would be legal in Germany, which is not the case.”

A lawyer from the litigation industry group said, Via CNBC:

“A legal framework for autonomous inner-city driving does not yet exist in Germany,” Andreas Ottofueling, a lawyer for the group, said in a press statement. “And other works are not working as advertised yet.”

While Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressed his displeasure by tweeting:

Actual pilots using autopilot in airplanes will tell you that it is not really comparable, as pilots receive a lot more training than drivers, but I digress.

And while the court’s ruling is a victory for common sense, the debate over autopilot that has been going on for years always feels like at least half-minded from Tesla’s point of view. This is because its website has always had the capabilities well enough, just before checking a box to sink down $ 8,000 for “full self-driving capability”.

Currently competent facilities require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous.


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