Tesla faces legal action over Autopilot and Elon Musk’s plans for Full Self Driving, rekindles debate around so-called self-driving vehicles

The term Autopilot alone seems to cause drivers to overestimate the capabilities of Tesla-branded vehicles and therefore cause traffic accidents. Multiple sources now agree on the misleading advertising and call the automaker’s Full Self Driving software a blatant scam to avoid. These are all aspects that a recent legal action initiated against the automaker sums up, even if the latter defends itself that the cases where Tesla cars save lives are very little highlighted.

Complaint claims Tesla and Musk deceived and misled consumers regarding the current capabilities of its ADAS technology [systme avanc d’assistance au conducteur] and stating that they were perpetually on the verge of perfecting this technology and finally delivering on their promise to produce a fully self-driving car, and that contrary to Tesla’s repeated promises that it would have a fully self-driving car in a few months or a year , Tesla has never been very close to achieving this goal.

The plaintiff, Briggs Matsko, says he spent $5,000 on the package in 2018, like many Tesla drivers who paid thousands of dollars for the upgraded Autopilot. The latter was sold as a precursor to Full Self Driving technology, an add-on software worth $15,000 that is still not ready to ship. Matsko is seeking class-action status for this lawsuit, as the company is already facing another class-action lawsuit alleging previous incidents that have affected Tesla’s adaptive cruise control features for years.

The lawsuit criticizes the terminology used by Tesla, including the term “Autopilot”, as well as Elon Musk’s public statements and tweets regarding the still unfinished autonomous driving system. She specifically mentions Musk’s claim that self-driving travel across the United States will be completed by 2018, and his 2019 claims of one million robotaxis being on the road: In a year, we’ll have over a million cars with full self-driving.

The trip in question was eventually put on indefinite hold, with Musk admitting he would need a specialist route to operate, and saying he preferred the Autopilot team to focus on safety features. Robotaxis therefore continue to be expected.

Elon Musk, for his part, complains that the media does not highlight cases where Tesla vehicles save lives. Indeed, Yiran Sherry’s water bag broke while the family was stuck in traffic. With the contractions increasing rapidly and the circulation barely flowing, her lover realized that it wouldn’t be time. Keating Sherry (her husband) therefore put the vehicle on autopilot after adjusting the navigation system to the hospital, located 20 minutes away. He then only had to put his hand on the steering wheel of the vehicle that took them to the hospital training while he took care of his wife. The lady was picked up in the vehicle.

The Keating and Yirran case follows that of a Tesla Model 3 owner who claims to owe Autopilot technology for life: I’m in the right lane, it’s an area [o la vitesse limite minimale est] 90 km/h and the autopilot is set to 102 km/h, when an idiot driving probably 150 maybe 160 km/h appears out of nowhere. I guess he intends to squeeze between me and the car in the left lane, but there wasn’t enough space and the autopilot took evasive action and probably saved my life today.

He shared footage shot by his Tesla Model 3’s driving video recorder (dashcam) in which the apparently offending car can be seen trying to overtake him by sinking into a mousehole. During its overtaking manoeuvre, the black car suddenly appeared from the far left lane on the highway to overtake the gray vehicle in front of it, but threatened at the same time to crash into the right Tesla Model 3.

The Tesla Model 3’s automatic side collision avoidance system reacted very quickly while keeping the car under control: first by steering the Tesla straighter into a temporary acceleration lane/free entry ramp at the time. , then returning the Tesla to its original position.

The blames of which the company is the target can nevertheless be the result of a problematic advertising policy. The manufacturer, for example, allows drivers to play video games while driving and thus reinforces the image of the autonomous vehicle that it sells to its customers. It is the opinion of US authorities that misleading advertising could lead drivers to overestimate the true capabilities of Teslas. Elon Musk, for his part, replies that the information notices that accompany the company’s vehicles are clear about the real capabilities of Autopilot: it is driving assistance.

Source: Complaint

And you?

Fair return of things for Tesla because of its advertising policy?
How do you view advances in the development of autonomous vehicles? Do you share the opinions according to which the human being will remain unavoidable?

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