In an incident in 2018, Tesla was put on trial for Model X, which caused an accident and loss of life while the autopilot was operating.
In March 2018, Apple engineer Walter Huang (Wei Lun Huang), using a Tesla Model X, died as a result of the car crashing into the barricade dividing the highway no. Tesla’s autopilot was in operation during the accident. Huang’s family, went to the court in California, Tesla was plaintiff.
According to the court, the petition filed during the application process states that Model X is faulty in terms of design and that the state is guilty of failing to repair the security barrier in time.
Elon Musk published a blog post at the time of the accident and said the driver had been repeatedly warned visually and once. According to Musk, these warnings were given 6 seconds before the accident and the driver was reminded to keep the steering wheel. Musk argued that the autopilots made the vehicles safer for passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. The company’s CEO also stated that the investigation started about the accident. Huang’s family says that the vehicle owner pulled the vehicle towards the barriers and conveyed his complaint to the Tesla dealer earlier about this.
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An equipment that should have been found in the vehicle and reduced the severity of the crash was not found in Huang’s vehicle due to a previous accident. This information is also included in the accident report. The report also accelerated the car speed before the accident reached 110 kilometers per hour and the battery was declared to fire together with the collision.
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Since the accident, Tesla updates its software and reminds drivers more often that they need to hold the steering wheel. Autopilot technology is advancing day by day, and cars are said to travel on their own at some point. Tesla, which uses cameras and radar, does not contain LIDAR technology that can detect objects that Musk calls j expensive and unnecessary ve.