The United States is investigating Tesla and possible fraud linked to its Autopilot

The United States is investigating Tesla and possible fraud linked to its Autopilot
The United States is investigating Tesla and possible fraud linked to its Autopilot

But it’s not that simple to accuse Tesla and Elon Musk of business fraud. Because even if Tesla is not in its first legal proceedings, proof that there was indeed deception on the merchandise is complex for the American authorities to establish.

Indeed, the judges in charge of the investigation will have to determine whether Tesla sold its driving assistance systems legally, given that the manufacturer had warned its users about the limits of Autopilot and FSD , or if Elon Musk knowingly inflated their capabilities, making people believe in the complete driving autonomy of his vehicles. An appeals court also declared in 2007 that a company could perfectly well declare optimistic results without being accused of misleading its customers or investors.

Thus, when in 2022, on the occasion of the FSD update, Elon Musk affirmed that a Tesla owner could “ go to [son] work, at [son] friend, at the grocery store without [toucher] the wheel “, he potentially showed optimism, or, on the contrary, knowingly lied. It will be up to the judges to determine in this investigation which could lead to criminal charges, civil actions or… nothing. Elon Musk can therefore rub his hands for the moment.

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