Tesla's Autopilot, a partially automated system that assists drivers and is not a fully autonomous system, isn't a bad thing. In fact, , it's quite helpful. However, a German court declared Tesla oversold the system's functions in a blow to the automaker.
According to Competition Center, a German regulatory institution focused on fair competition, a Munich court declared Tesla's statement promised Level 5 fully autonomous driving by the end of 2019. In reality, Autopilot remains a Level 2 system on the . "The consumer therefore does not receive a vehicle with the 'automatic driving in town' or 'automatic driving on highways' function, for example," the legal assessment read in part in a German to English translation.
The court also said it's impossible for Tesla to make such promises since fully autonomous driving systems are not legal in Germany and there is no official self-driving cars. Attorney Dr. Andreas Ottofulling added, "Since autonomous driving at Level 5 is currently neither legally permissible nor technically possible for the vehicle in question, Tesla must also adhere to the rules of the game and must not make false advertising promises."for
It sounds like Tesla flew just a touch too close to the sun when it comes to German regulators, which specifically called out Tesla's promises for "automatic driving" on city streets by the end of 2019. It's unclear how Tesla plans to tweak ads for Autopilot or if the automaker plans to appeal the decision. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.