Autonomous Vehicles

Tesla removes "self-driving" language from car promotions

Red Tesla Sedan driving on the road.
Tesla Model S P85D. Photo: Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images.

Tesla is changing the messaging on its cars by pulling a long-standing promise of a "Full Self-Driving" option from the order page on the company’s website, per The Verge. CEO Elon Musk tweeted the wording was causing too much confusion.

Why it matters: Cars that advertise as self-driving have misled consumers to believe that the cars are fully autonomous. Tesla cars that have a semi-autonomous driver assistance system have crashed and caused fatalities, which raises the question if enough drivers know how to operate them.

What we're driving: The Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona
2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV. Photo: Hyundai

This week I got behind the wheel of the plug-in version of Hyundai's new compact crossover SUV, the Kona.

Details: This is an electric vehicle that checks all the boxes. It offers a popular small crossover design, a class-leading 258-mile battery range, 201 horsepower, and 290 lb-feet of torque.