Tesla cleared to continue Autopilot and self-driving advertising by German court

Tesla may sue by referring to the capabilities of its driver assistance system and autonomous driving in its promotion in Germany after a court launched a criticism against the claim. Germany’s Wettbewerbszentrale, an industry-sponsored body charged with policing anti-competitive practices, had filed the so-called inadmissibility challenge with the docket of Germany’s Federal Court of Justice.

A courtroom spokesperson said the criticism was dismissed on July 28, successfully allowing Tesla to continue to use the phrases “full potential for self-driving” and “autopilot included” in its promotional items. Germans.

Trade publication Teslamag first reported the rejection earlier this week.

Wettbewerbszentrale’s criticism came in response to a Munich Higher Regional Court ruling in October 2021 that upheld Tesla’s interest against an earlier verdict from a lower district court that prohibited the use of the terms.

Earlier this month, Tesla was also accused by a California state transportation regulator of falsely promoting its Autopilot and full self-driving options as offering self-driving cars.

Last week, two U.S. lawmakers who chair subcommittees overseeing auto safety asked the federal auto safety regulator for a briefing on its investigations into crashes involving Tesla electric cars using Autopilot and driver assistance techniques. superior conduct, based on a letter seen by Reuters.

US Senator Gary Peters and consultant Jan Schakowsky, both Democrats, said in the letter to the National Freeway Site Traffic Security Administration (NHTSA) that they were involved that “recent federal investigations and reports have revealed troubling security issues” at Tesla. .

Lawmakers asked, “Given the increasing number of fatalities involving Tesla cars crashing into tractor-trailers…has NHTSA considered opening a fault investigation regarding this issue?”

The letter added “does NHTSA strike a balance between the rigor of the investigation and the consideration of the pressing and growing dangers to car safety?” and whether the company has sufficient assets and authorized authority to properly review superior driver assistance techniques.

NHTSA didn’t immediately notice. In July, NHTSA Administrator Steve Cliff told Reuters he wanted to complete the investigation into Tesla’s superior driver assistance system, Autopilot “as quickly as possible, but I have to also do it right. There is a lot of information that we need to comb through.

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Marilyn J. Hernandez