Class Action Lawsuit Claims Tesla’s Autopilot is ‘Defective’

Tesla is on the offensive after a lawsuit was launched claiming its Autopilot software is dangerous.

A law firm has launched a class action lawsuit on behalf of a group of 47,000 Tesla owners over “dangerously defective” Autopilot, reports Automotive News. The owners allege that the autonomous driving software is faulty and unpredictable and they aren’t happy with becoming “beta testers of half-baked software that renders Tesla vehicles dangerous,” according to a complaint filed this week in federal court in San Jose, Calif.

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It should be noted that Tesla warns drivers before they use Autopilot that it is indeed beta software and that drivers have to accept a warning on the infotainment screen before engaging Autopilot. Tesla says it has never claimed that Autopilot is capable of fully autonomous driving, although it is the intent for its future cars.

Tesla has responded to the lawsuit by saying in a statement that, “The inaccurate and sensationalistic view of our technology put forth by this group is exactly the kind of misinformation that threatens to harm consumer safety.”

[Source: Automotive News and Bloomberg]