Tesla defended its Autopilot feature, saying that while it doesn't prevent all accidents, it makes them less likely to occur than vehicles without it. The Tesla vehicle involved in a fatal crash last month in Northern California was operating on Autopilot, the automaker has confirmed. But Tesla contends that the victim and a damaged freeway barrier share in the blame. The Model X SUV crashed in Mountain View, in California's Silicon Valley, on March 23, killing its driver, Apple engineer Walter Huang, 38. The electric car maker said in a company blog post that the driver did not have his hands on the steering wheel for six seconds before the crash, despite several warnings from the vehicle.
The widow of the man who died when his Tesla Model X crashed into a barrier last month is now planning to sue. On Tuesday, Sevonne Huang told ABC 7 that her husband, Walter, had complained about the car's Autopilot before, saying it had tried to veer into the same barrier where he crashed and died on several previous occasions. So when she heard about a blue Tesla that crashed at that same spot on the midday news on March 23, she immediately knew her husband was dead. Sevonne has hired an attorney and plans to sue Tesla for the death of her husband, and is speaking out to raise awareness of the issue. 'I just want this tragedy not to happen again to another family,' she said.
Car's autopilot did not engage its brakes, slammed into a tractor-trailer The family of the Apple engineer who died in a Tesla car crash last month reportedly has hired a law firm to "explore legal options," after believing that the carmaker's faulty technology is what led to his death. Walter Huang, 38, died on March 23 while driving Tesla's Model X SUV in Northern California. It was operating on autopilot. The law firm Minami Tamaki LLP announced Wednesday that it had been hired by Huang's family to explore legal options, Reuters reported. The firm said its "preliminary review" points to Tesla as being at fault over the fatal crash.
Tesla is facing another National Highway Traffic Safety Administration probe after a Model S crashed into the back of a fire truck while Autopilot was on -- but only to gather info about the incident. While it may take a while before the NHTSA reveals its findings, the South Jordan Police Department has already shared a report based on the data logs Tesla extracted from the vehicle. According to those logs, the driver kept on taking her hands off the wheel and would only put them back for a few seconds every time a visual alert flashed. The cops gave her a citation after the logs were released, and she admitted that she was looking at her phone and stepped on the brake pedal merely a few seconds before she crashed into the truck. While this may sound like a pretty open-and-shut case, it highlights how some Tesla owners might not fully understand how to properly wield Autopilot's power.
A Tesla vehicle crashed in China on Wednesday after the driver mistook'autopilot mode' for a'self-driving' function. The driver is now pointing fingers at Tesla sales staff for overplaying the car's actual capabilities, claiming they implied that the system should take control of steering and braking under certain conditions. Tesla says Luo Zhen, the driver of the car, was responsible for maintaining control of the vehicle, but their investigation revealed his hands were not detected on the wheel. A Tesla vehicle crashed in China Wednesday (pictured), after the driver mistook'autopilot mode' for a'self-driving' function. The driver is now pointing fingers at the car maker's sales staff for overplaying the car's actual capabilities, in that the system should take control of steering and braking under certain conditions While driving to work, Lou Zhen set his Tesla Model S sedan in autopilot and took his hands off the wheel.