The DMV made the remark in a memo following a tweet from Elon Musk that some Tesla cars had a beta version of a “full self-driving” programme installed.
“Elon’s tweet does not match engineering reality. Tesla is at Level 2 currently,” says the DMV.
“Tesla indicated that they are still firmly in L2,” added the DMV, “as Tesla is aware, the public’s misunderstanding about the limits of the technology and its misuse can have tragic consequences.”
Level2 means that the vehicle can control both steering and accelerating/decelerating. The automation falls short of self-driving because a human sits in the driver’s seat and can take control of the car at any time.
The US authorities are investigating over 20 accidents involving Tesla cars.