Tesla had to pay a customer back almost everything she paid for a car because of problems with the autopilot function.
Lon Musk’s electric car company paid the German owner almost 112,000 euros for her Model S because a technical report showed that the vehicle did not recognize obstacles correctly and broke down randomly.
The court ruled that this could result in a “massive danger”, especially in inner cities The mirror.
Tesla’s lawyers argued that Autopilot wasn’t designed for city driving, but the court said it wasn’t feasible for drivers to constantly turn the system on and off while driving — which would be distracting.
“Once again, it turns out that Tesla is failing to deliver on its lofty promise on Autopilot,” plaintiff’s attorney said.
Tesla has had a number of issues with its Autopilot feature. Recently, self-driving mode nearly sent an owner into an oncoming tram.
Despite its name, Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” is neither an autopilot system nor capable of driving itself, but rather a driver assistance program that requires the user to remain able to take control of the vehicle time and time again.
Tesla’s self-driving capabilities have been repeatedly questioned; The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US has reported that from July last year to May 15, vehicles equipped with Autopilot, Full Self-Driving, Traffic Aware Cruise Control or other driver assistance systems were involved in 273 accidents.
Tesla has about 830,000 vehicles with the systems on the road, making it the highest ratio of accidents to self-driving vehicles.
Mr Musk has said Tesla’s value depends on whether it can develop self-driving technology, that the feature is “essential” and the difference between Tesla is whether it’s worth a lot of money or “essentially zero”.
Senior executive responsible for AI and computer vision, Andrej Karpathy, also recently said he would be leaving the company. Nearly 200 other Autopilot workers have been laid off.
Tesla didn’t respond that of the independent numerous requests for comment.
https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/tesla-must-pay-for-customers-car-due-to-massive-danger-caused-by-self-driving-autopilot-feature-41849182.html Tesla has to pay for the customer’s car because of “massive danger” from the self-driving autopilot function