Conviction in Germany; Tesla in the Grip of New Troubles

Bavarian justice has just ruled that the advertisement of the American manufacturer, presenting the AutoPilot as a, was misleading. The Munich court, specializing in trademark and competition law, found that the description on Tesla‘s German website of the driver assistance system for a production vehicle, presented as an “autopilot” with the possibility of “full potential for autonomous driving” if the customer orders certain additional modules, “constituted deceptive commercial acts. ”

 

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According to the German Unfair Competition Authority, the term “autopilot” suggests that Tesla offers vehicles that are technically capable of driving without human intervention, which is not the case in reality.

This decision in Germany comes when Elon Musk published his Gigafactory project in the country. But here again, Elon Musk, for technical and ecological reasons, was forced to revise his project downwards. Tesla’s Gigafactory in Grünheide, which was originally to produce 500,000 Model 3 and Y vehicles per year, is only expected to release 100,000.

Another even more serious subject could be a real thorn in the development of autonomous vehicles in the future when Elon Musk announced to be “extremely confident that we will very quickly have the basic functionalities of a level 5 autonomous driving , which is basically full autonomy from this year ”.

Except that at the beginning of July, more than 50 countries (including France) of the UNECE (the economic and social commission of the UN) signed a new international regulation concerning these “smart” cars.

From next year, the automatic systems that take control of the steering wheel will no longer be able to be activated on lanes shared with cyclists and pedestrians, so not in town! In addition, cars driving in autonomous mode must be limited to a maximum speed of 60 km / h…

Finally, autonomous cars will only take control if several conditions are met. First, the driver must be seated in his chair with his belt fastened. A device to monitor whether the driver closes his eyes must also be activated, and there is no question of playing with his smartphone or recreational instruments installed in the car, which must be cut. In addition, a black box will be installed in the car to check all these parameters.

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Bavarian justice has just ruled that the advertisement of the American manufacturer, presenting the AutoPilot as an autopilot, was misleading.

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