According to a memo from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Tesla Inc told a California regulator that it could not reach complete self-driving technology by the end of this year.
During a January earnings conference call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that he was "highly confident the car will be able to drive itself with reliability in excess of human this year."
Rolled out a "beta" version
Tesla has also rolled out a "beta" version of its "complete self-driving" (FSD) software to a small number of employees and customers since October, and Musk has boasted about the capability on Twitter.
"According to CJ, Elon's tweet does not correspond to engineering facts. Tesla is currently at Level 2. "In a memo, the California DMV discussed its March 9 conference call with Tesla members, including autopilot engineer CJ Moore. A semi-automated driving system that involves human oversight is referred to as Level 2 technology.
Maximum Autonomous Technology at Level 5
Plain Site, a legal disclosure organization, received the memo under the Freedom of Information Act and made it public (FOIA). "When discussing L5 capabilities, Tesla suggested that Elon is extrapolating on the rates of change. Tesla was unable to predict whether the pace of change would reach L5 by the end of the calendar year. "The memo was referring to maximum autonomous technology at level 5.
The California DMV, Tesla, and Moore could not be reached for comment.
The California DMV stated in the memo that "Tesla indicated that they are still firmly in L2." "As Tesla is aware, the public's misunderstanding about the limits of the technology and its misuse can have tragic consequences." 
Musk tweeted in April that a Tesla on Autopilot is ten times less likely to crash than the average vehicle, but experts told Insider that the company's figures are devoid of background and have fundamental flaws.
Autopilot, Tesla's latest advanced driver assistance system, has been a common add-on feature in its electric vehicles since 2014. Innumerable home footage shows the machine performing flawlessly as it keeps the car fixed in a lane, speeds down, and even switches lanes and exits the highway.
Tesla's Autopilot sophisticated version
FSD is a more sophisticated version of Tesla's Autopilot - the company's standard driver-assistance software, which uses sensors to ensure the car remains in its lane and maintains a safe distance from oncoming traffic. The mode, which is currently in beta testing, expands on the Autopilot functionality by allowing the car to self-park, identify traffic lights and stop signs, and take highway roads and exits.
The main issue is that FSD now requires the Autopilot system to operate on every City Street, rather than only highways and major thoroughfares.
According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, an upcoming FSD update would "blow your mind" with changes that the device has "learned" as a result of more rides over the last six months.
A Tesla went off the road outside of Houston in April, killing the two people inside. The authorities claimed that no one was driving the vehicle, but Musk denied that Autopilot was in use.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of a Tesla vehicle colliding with an overturned truck on a highway near Fontana, California, on Wednesday, killing the Tesla driver. The patrol did not specify whether or not the Tesla was using Autopilot.
More than 20 incidents involving Tesla vehicles are being investigated by federal highway safety regulators.
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