Tesla settles class action lawsuit over 'dangerous' Autopilot

Tesla To Settle Class Action With Buyers Over Autopilot Billed As'Safer

It revealed that she had "manually pressed the vehicle brake pedal fractions of a second prior to the crash".

On Thursday Tesla reached an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit filed by six Model S and Model X owners who alleged that the company's assistant driving Autopilot system was unusable and demonstrated it to be risky.

Tesla said Friday it has agreed to make payments to customers around the world as part of a settlement to a class-action suit involving the electric carmaker's sometimes controversial Autopilot assisted-driving system.

The police report, which was obtained Thursday through an open records request, provides detail about the vehicle's actions immediately before the May 11 crash and the driver's familiarity with its system. When that vehicle switched lanes, the Tesla automatically accelerated to its preset speed of 60 miles per hour, neglecting to detect a group of stopped vehicles ahead, police say.

Police say data retrieved from the Model S show Lommatzsch did not touch the steering wheel for 80 seconds before the collision. Lommatzsch, who according to vehicle data did not touch the steering wheel for more than a minute before the crash, suffered a broken ankle.

Responding to the letter, a Tesla spokesperson issued the following statement: "The feedback that we get from our customers shows that they have a very clear understanding of what Autopilot is, how to properly use it, and what features it consists of". She told police she was looking at her phone and comparing different routes to her destination.

The case stems from a class action filed in April 2017, in which Tesla owners said the autopilot function made the auto "behave as if a drunk driver is at the wheel".


The company has come under increased scrutiny over its Autopilot system in recent months after two Tesla drivers died in crashes in which Autopilot was engaged.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said it is investigating the May 11 crash. However, Steve Berman, the lawyer of the company has not commented yet.

"Since rolling out our second generation of Autopilot hardware in October 2016, we have continued to provide software updates that have led to a major improvement in Autopilot functionality", the company said, adding that the settlement would be offered to customers worldwide.

This past March, a Model X driving along a California highway careened into a highway divider whereupon the car's battery pack caught on fire and engulfed the vehicle.

Released in 2015 Autopilot is a cruise-control system that controls steering and brakes and as Tesla claims that this enhanced feature actually reduces 40% of the crashes.

"Tesla has repeatedly exaggerated the autonomous capabilities of its Autopilot technology, boosting sales at the expense of consumer safety", said Center for Auto Safety Executive Director Jason Levine. While Model S banged on the semi-truck in Florida which killed its driver.

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