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Tesla Accused of False Autopilot Advertising by California DMV

  • Agency says Tesla misled on autopilot, self-driving features
  • Electric carmaker has 15 days to respond to July 28 complaint

Tesla Inc. was accused by a regulator of disseminating false statements about its vehicles’ “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving” features, leading customers to believe they are more advanced than they are.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles said the company violated the law when it “disseminated statements that are untrue or misleading.” The complaints, made in letters to the state Office of Administrative Hearings on July 28, were first publicized in a Los Angeles Times report Friday. Tesla didn’t respond to a request for comment.