Tesla Sued Over ‘Dangerously Defective’ Autopilot Software

Tesla Sued Over ‘Dangerously Defective’ Autopilot Software

by Kartikay Mehrotra April 20, 2017, 10:41 AM PDT

Tesla Inc. was sued by vehicle owners over claims its Autopilot feature is “dangerously defective” when engaged.

Drivers relying on the electric carmaker’s autonomous driving technology have “become beta testers of half-baked software that renders Tesla vehicles dangerous,” according to a complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in San Jose, California. Consumers allege their cars -- purchased for $81,000 to $113,000 -- veer off lanes while often “lurching, slamming on the brakes for no reason, and failing to slow or stop when approaching other vehicles" when Autopilot is activated.

The case was filed as a class-action on behalf of owners of 47,000 Model S and Model X cars sold in 2016 and 2017.


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