“The Navigate on Autopilot feature suggests lane changes to optimize your journey, and makes adjustments to avoid getting stuck behind slow cars or trucks. When enabled, the Navigate on Autopilot feature will also automatically steer your vehicle to road junctions and exits based on your destination. “
This is what we can read on the Tesla website on the various autonomous driving functions of your vehicles, specifically in the ‘autopilot’ section, reviewing that despite everything “current Autopilot features require an active supervision of the driver and they do not allow the car to be autonomous ”.
The Tesla autopilot
- 2019: Tesla is sued by the family of Jeremy Banner, a 50-year-old man who died in an accident while using Tesla’s autopilot.
- Early 2019: Tesla is sued by the family of 38-year-old Wei Huang, who died in 2018 after his Model X crashed into a separation barrier with Autopilot activated.
- February 2021: A Tesla X SUV seriously wounds 5 police officers at a checkpoint after crashing into it without slowing down with the autopilot activated.
The accident took place on February 27, 2021 on Splendora, a small town in Montgomery County, in the eastern part of the state. According to the demand, the SUV Model X collided with several police officers while participating in a traffic control on the Eastex Highway in Texas. “All were seriously injured “, signals the demand.
The plaintiffs claim that “design and manufacturing defects known to Tesla “ are responsible for the crash, as well as “Tesla’s unwillingness to admit or correct such defects. “
Tesla autopilot failure
The autopilot “it did not detect the officers’ cars nor did it function in any way to prevent or warn of the danger and subsequent collision“. The plaintiffs also point out that “this is not an isolated case”, citing other crashes that have occurred with a Tesla vehicle using Autopilot.
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 12 Crashes In Which Tesla Owners Using The Company’s Autopilot Features Crashed Into Parked Emergency Vehicles, resulting in 17 injuries and one fatality. The demand cites several tweets from Tesla CEO Elon Musk commenting on crashes involving Autopilot or incidents of Tesla owners misusing the system, as proof that the company is aware of these defects and has not removed or corrected them.
$ 20 million in damages
Agents have also sued the owner of a local restaurant, claiming that Model X driver was served too much alcohol before the incident. They claim damages for permanent injuries and disabilities. The lawsuit establishes a compensation for damages of more than 1 million dollars, with a maximum compensation of $ 20 million.