• A California judge rejects the California DMV’s objections that Tesla exaggerated the autonomous driving capabilities of its car.
  • The DMV accuses Tesla of misleading customers by making false statements about the capabilities of its electric vehicles’ autopilot and fully autonomous driving systems.
  • The ruling came a month after Tesla failed to dismiss a class action lawsuit that also involved claims related to self-driving vehicles.

Tesla’s attempts to get a judge to dismiss California DMV allegations that the company exaggerated its autonomous driving capabilities have failed, opening the door to a formal hearing.

The litigation dates back to July 2022, when the DMV accused Tesla of misleading car buyers by exaggerating the effectiveness of its Autopilot and fully autonomous driving systems. At the time, it claimed that Tesla’s cars equipped with driver assistance systems “could not and cannot now drive as autonomous vehicles” and suggested that penalties for the automaker could include suspending its license to sell cars or paying compensation to drivers.

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Tesla wanted Judge Juliet Cox to dismiss the charges based on the information already available to her, but Cox ruled that the case should not be dismissed until a formal hearing had taken place. Reuters reports.

Judge Cox’s ruling comes less than a month after Tesla failed to have a similar case thrown out. In May, a federal judge in San Francisco greenlighted a class-action lawsuit alleging Tesla tricked buyers into paying for FSD with the promise that its cars would have true autonomous driving capabilities sometime in the near future.

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Tesla will “go all out” on autonomous driving, CEO Elon Musk said in April, and the highly anticipated robotaxi will be unveiled in August of this year. But Tesla’s autonomous driving ambitions are under constant fire. In addition to the DMV case and the class action lawsuit, Tesla is the subject of federal investigations into whether Autopilot contributed to fatal accidents and an SEC investigation into whether Tesla defrauded investors by exaggerating claims about autonomous driving capabilities.

Text on Tesla’s retail website states that both Autopilot and FSD require the driver to remain focused on the road and that the electric vehicles are not capable of driving themselves.