A new California law effectively bans Elon Musk-owned electric vehicle company Tesla from advertising its vehicles as full self-driving (FSD), as reported by GovTech. A Tesla was reportedly responsible for causing an eight-vehicle crash on the Bay Bridge last month. The car in FSD mode left 18 people injured after it abruptly came to a halt.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 1398 this legislative session. As reported by GovTech, the bill states that California manufacturers and dealers must provide consumers a “clear description” of the function and limitations of semi-autonomous driver assistance features.
“SB 1398 prohibits a manufacturer or dealer from deceptively naming, referring to, or marketing these features,” said the bill, effective 1 January 2023.
Tesla, on the other hand, claimed that it already makes Tesla buyers aware of the limitations of its “Full Self-Driving” (FSD) feature.