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Tesla to settle over fatal Autopilot crash

a to settle over fatal Autopilot crash
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Tesla to settle over fatal Autopilot crash: Tesla, the electric vehicle manufacturer, has settled a lawsuit brought by Apple developer Walter Huang’s family following an accident that occurred in 2018. A highway barrier was struck by Huang’s Model X while it was in Autopilot.

This week, the family of Huang was supposed to initiate the complaint in the California Superior Court. Autopilot and Full Self-Driving technology developed by Tesla would have been subject to more scrutiny had the trial continued.

Nobody knows what the settlement was for, and rumor has it that a court has to sign off on the transaction before it can go through. A request for comment from the BBC was not promptly addressed by Tesla.

As a result of Huang’s pre-accident video game playing, Tesla claimed that he had abused the system prior to the settlement. Using the argument that the drivers in question failed to pay attention while operating the system, the corporation has been successful in cases held in California in the past.

Claims about Tesla’s driver-assist technology have led to multiple lawsuits against the electric car manufacturer. Additionally, some accidents employing Autopilot are being investigated by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tesla has been promising to build an autonomous vehicle for a long time, but the company has never released one. A self-driving robotaxi will be unveiled in August, according to CEO Elon Musk’s announcement on Friday.

Tesla is currently facing declining sales while it negotiates a deal with Huang’s family. A fire at its European plant, worldwide shipping delays, and fiercer competition all contributed to a precipitous drop in deliveries during the first quarter of this year. In response, Tesla has lowered pricing multiple times. But important markets like China have seen a decline in demand.

As a result, since the beginning of the year, the value of Tesla’s shares has dropped by over one third.

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