Tesla was sued on Wednesday in a proposed class action accusing Elon Musk’s electric car company of misleading the public by falsely advertising its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features.
The complaint accused Tesla and Musk of having since 2016 deceptively advertised the technology as fully functioning or “just around the corner” despite knowing that the technology did not work or was nonexistent, and made vehicles unsafe.
“Tesla has yet to produce anything even remotely approaching a fully self-driving car,” Matsko said.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco seeks unspecified damages for people who since 2016 bought or leased Tesla vehicles with Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features.
The lawsuit, seeking class-action status to bring in hundreds of thousands of Tesla owners, targets claims by the electric car maker and its CEO, Elon Musk, that its $15,000 “Full Self-Driving” package means buyers will soon get a fully-autonomous car, and that Tesla also markets its Autopilot technology, which comes as a free standard version or a $6,000 “enhanced” version, as a step toward fast-approaching full autonomy.