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Tesla Autopilot not liable for 2019 deadly crash, jury says

Close-up of Tesla Motors logo against a bright blue sky in Pleasanton, California, 2018

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Tesla’s controversial driver help function Autopilot has acquired one other cross. On Tuesday a jury in California discovered that Autopilot was to not blame for a 2019 crash in Riverside County that killed the motive force and left his spouse and son severely injured. That marks the second time this yr a jury has discovered that Autopilot was not liable for a critical crash.

The case was filed by the 2 survivors of the Riverside crash and alleged that an Autopilot malfunction induced Micah Lee’s Tesla Mannequin 3 to veer off a freeway at 65 mph (105 km/h) earlier than it struck a tree and burst into flames. Lee died within the crash, and his spouse and then-8-year-old son had been severely injured; consequently the plaintiffs requested for $400 million plus punitive damages.

However Tesla denied Autopilot was faulty and claimed that Lee had been consuming alcohol earlier than the crash. 9 members of the jury agreed with Tesla after 4 days of deliberation.

In April, a Jury in Los Angeles discovered that Autopilot was not liable for Justine Hsu’s Mannequin S veering off the street at velocity in 2019, earlier than it hit the median and injured her face within the course of.

However the automaker nonetheless has to take care of a wrongful dying lawsuit from the kin of Apple engineer Walter Huang, who died in 2018 when his Tesla Mannequin X swerved right into a freeway median, killing him. Tesla’s driver assists are additionally the topic of a class-action lawsuit alleging that Tesla has overstated their capabilities, as nicely as a number of probes by the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration, in addition to an investigation by the Justice Division.

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