California banned Tesla from naming its driver assistance system Full Self-Driving
Lately, Tesla's litigation has not been adding up when it comes to autopilot. The company will have to look for a new name for its most advanced driver assistance system, known as Full Self-Driving (FSD). This is the decision of the California state authorities.
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California lawmakers believe that the name Full Self-Driving would be misleading. The authorities believe that the use of such a word combination may suggest that the driver assistance system is capable of making the car fully self-driving.
Tesla car owners can activate FSD on a subscription basis for $199 a month or purchase it permanently for $15,000. The new regulation will go into effect in 2023. It will prohibit dealers and automakers from naming cars, advertising or selling them as self-driving if human presence behind the wheel is required.
Note that FSD requires an on-board computer upgrade when it comes to electric cars manufactured before 2016. With a $15,000 purchase of the feature, Tesla does it itself. In the case of FSD activation by subscription, you'll have to pay an additional $1,000 to upgrade the electronics. Although a court recently ordered Tesla to give one Model 3 owner a free on-board computer upgrade, refund $1600 for the entertainment system upgrade, and pay $500 in compensation.