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California DMV reviewing whether Tesla violated state regulations 'self-driving' feature
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Tesla is currently "under review" by California's Department of Motor Vehicle, as the agency investigates whether the electric vehicle manufacturer is misleading customers through advertising for its "Full Self-Driving Capability" (FSD) feature, a source familiar with the matter tells FOX Business.
The department's 222.28 regulation prohibits a company from advertising vehicles for sale or lease as autonomous unless the vehicle meets the statutory and regulatory definition of an autonomous vehicle and the company holds a deployment permit.
According to a DMV spokesperson, violation of the regulation may result in a number of administrative actions, including suspension or revocation of an autonomous vehicles deployment permit and manufacturer’s and dealer's occupational licenses.
A vehicle operating on public roads using autonomous technology without first obtaining a permit can be removed from the public roadway by a peace officer.
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Tesla's FSD and "Autopilot" capabilities currently qualify under the Society of Automotive Engineers' Level 2 classification for driver-assist technologies, which requires drivers to be ready to act at any time while self-driving features are engaged.
A Tesla equipped with the $10,000 FSD package can change lanes, take highway exit ramps, and stop at traffic lights and stop signs on its own. However, Tesla has reiterated in its owner's manuals and on its website that its "Full Self Driving Capability" and "Autopilot" features are not fully autonomous and that drivers must pay attention while using the features.
Tesla, which has dissolved its public relations department, could not be reached for comment.
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The announcement comes following a series of incidents over the last month that have raised questions about the company's self-driving features.