A professor who teaches at the University of California wanted to get a new driver’s license due to offline classes starting again in California. Having extensive driving experience he was fairly confident to successfully complete the driving test in his family’s Tesla Model 3. The Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) was to take this test. So, he headed for the driving test in his Tesla Model 3.
DMV Examiner Purposely Failed Tesla Model 3 Driver in Driving Test
The easy test turned difficult
When the professor finished the driving test, he was confident in passing it. The DMV examiner told him that he has failed the test. On hearing this the professor was shocked. The reason given by the officer was “technology in the car was not off”. He didn’t understand what the examiner said and asked for more explanation. The officer replied that the Model 3’s acceleration should have been in “Chill Mode” and the steering settings in “Comfort”. The professor didn’t give up and asked if he could try again.
He then chooses to give another test at the LA DMV due to the popularity of Teslas in Los Angeles. During the second time, the professor ensured that the Tesla’s acceleration was in “Chill Mode” and its steering settings in “Comfort” before starting the test. The Model 3’s automatic engage made the professor fail the test this time. The officer said that she could feel the brake being pressed even when the physical brake pedal was not being engaged when an explanation was asked.
The professor and his wife were furious this time as the Tesla Model 3 comes as standard with regenerative braking. This tech makes it easy for the driver during driving. It also increases the range of the vehicle without the need of plugging the vehicle in. Almost all electric vehicles come standard with this feature and it is not connected to the Tesla Model 3’s autonomous features. The couple then addressed their concerns with the DMV. They were informed by the manager at the DMV of the LA office that there is no way for them to disable the Tesla Model 3’s automated features. The couple then asked the manager where she got this information from. She told them that she heard it from a customer who visited the DMV. The manager at the LA DMV later told the couple that she had an offer.
The offer was that the professor could retake the exam the same day if he could bring in a traditional rental car. There was still some hope left in the family and they decided to take the offer given to them by the manager. So they rented a Toyota Camry from a rental company which was an hour away. When they reached the DMV’s office to retake the driving test, the car was rejected by the DMV since it was not under the examinee’s name i.e the professor.
Even when the DMV’s office recommended the professor to rent a car they didn’t allow him to use the rented car for his test. Then why recommend a rented car in the first place if they knew that the test car should have been in the professor’s name? He was given an option to rent a car from the LA DMV office which would have cost him $140. This was $40 more than what he paid for the Toyota Camry. Unfortunately, this resulted in a failing score for the professor. This was a fail in the driving test for the third time for the family.
What happened later…
The professor’s wife later stated that her husband would not give up so easily. He would most definitely try to get the driving license by giving another attempt. The professor also told Teslarati, that by the third attempt some of the DMV staff were already irritated. This is quite surprising as Tesla accounts for 43% of Tesla’s new car registrations in California. In 2020, California accounted for 37% of all Tesla’s sold in the country. The professor was given a failed test remark in the first two tests and had to take the third test due to the Tesla.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) protects the public from the harmful effects of air pollution. John Swanton from CARB communication informed Teslarati that their agency could work together with the DMV. This would happen if these issues are more common and could hinder the bigger goals of California’s transition to Zero-Emission vehicles. He then added that these driver-assisted technologies are becoming more common in EVs. These technologies are accepted as they enhance the safety of the automobile.
When the professor brought in the Tesla Model 3 for the test. He should have been told what all settings needed to be changed by the user before giving the test. He should have not been given a failed test remark just because he drove a Tesla Model 3 which has automated features. The DMV’S office should have noticed that they have a Tesla Model 3 waiting for a test. They should have appointed an appropriate officer who has experience with a Tesla Model 3. When he gave his third attempt the officer in charge should have known. That almost all electric cars come with a brake regeneration system and it cannot be disabled.