New Law Bans Tesla From Advertising as ‘Full Self-Driving’

Dan Smith

Tesla's Autopilot feature is clearly not Autopilot, and SB No. 1398 would like to further clarify that.

Tesla's Autopilot feature is clearly not Autopilot, and SB No. 1398 would like to further clarify that.
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apparently not everyone knows Tesla isn't actually full Self-driving car. A new California law that goes into effect in 2023 will ban Tesla (and other automakers) from marketing it. Thats Driving assistance technology If it really isn't, it's completely autonomous.

Senate Bill 1398 Sponsored by Democrat SSenator Lena Gonzalez is proposing reforms to how California automakers and dealers advertise and sell driver assistance.By law, automakers must Dealers must provide consumers with a “clear explanation” of the capabilities and limitations of semi-automated driver assistance features. per fact sheet.

If I've seen it, it's Tesla's claimed that the car can be connected A system called fully automated driving years agoHowever Tesla could not prove what the car can do safe drive autonomously. SB No. 1398 is signed into law this september california gSir Gavin Newsom, and intention Formally come into effect January 1, 2023. law read:

Manufacturers or dealers must not name partial driving automation features or describe partial driving automation features in marketing materials. You must not use words that imply, or lead a reasonable person to believe, that the vehicle functions as a self-driving car because of its functionality. , with features defined in section 38750 or not actually included in the features. Violation of this subdivision shall be considered misleading advertising for purposes of Section 11713.

It's not clear how this will affect companies like Tesla. now Headquartered in Austin, Texas Current December 2021 But we still make cars. Fremont, CA plant. Senator Gonzalez and Tesla did not immediately respond to Gizmodo's request for comment.

Tesla isn't the only company offering cars with driver assistance. Headline on it.rear Several newsworthy crash The company goes by several names in connection with this feature litigation and investigations surround mets advanced driver assistance system, Autopilot. The first concerns the fatal crash of 2019. Driver's Lawyer Claims It's because of Tesla's autopilot feature. for the crash. the second is Ongoing Justice Department Criminal Investigation on whether Tesla misled the public with its advertising Autopilot.