The lawsuit, which was filed in September of 2022, alleges that Tesla misled customers about the true capabilities of their self-driving technology.
In November 2022, Tesla’s legal team filed a motion to compel arbitration and dismissal of the lawsuit. Tesla stated “Mere failure to realize a long-term, aspirational goal is not fraud.” The plaintiffs disagree.
Reports of accidents due to the failure of the self-driving technology to operate as marketed, raised concern as to the validity of the numerous claims put out by Tesla CEO, Elon Musk and the company.
The company is now under investigation by the United States Justice Department for their autopilot claims. This follows an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who has investigated 38 Tesla crashes including 19 fatalities resulting from those crashes.
In a January 17, 2023 article by the New York Post (see video), a Tesla engineer testified that the 2016 Tesla video, which is still present on the Tesla website, was doctored.
Ashok Elluswamy, Director of Tesla’s Autopilot software department stated in a deposition that the Model X featured in the video, “was not driving itself with software deployed by Tesla.” Elluswamy made this statement in relation to another lawsuit filed against Tesla for a 2018 fatal crash.
Elluswamy also reported the route was pre-determined, drivers were present to intervene during test runs and that the test car crashed into a fence.
When the video came out, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted, “Tesla drives itself (no human input at all) thru urban streets to highway to streets, then finds a parking spot.”
Elluswamy’s testimony confirms that this was not the case.