In this day and age, we are always searching for the next big thing in the world of technology. The unthinkable and unimaginable is becoming closer and closer to become reality with every day that passes. It is mind blowing to think how far this world has come from when we were kids. Never would I have imagined that there would be a day where cars would be able to drive themselves. If you have been injured in a car accident, call a caring Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer.
The main question that comes to mind when I think of self-driving car is if I would actually feel comfortable allowing a car to drive me without being in control of it. Sure, the Tesla autopilot can be extremely convenient by giving you the option to relax and rest our eyes while this self-driving vehicle gets you to your targeted destination. Though this is fascinating technology, drivers are saying that the Tesla autopilot has a mind its own.
John Kelner, a Davie lawyer, is one of 50,000 customers that say they were sold a defective car that switched lanes suddenly, slammed on brakes for no reason or failed to slow down when approaching other vehicles. Kelner is a part of a class action lawsuit brought against the automaker. Kelner test drove the Tesla S 90D electric sedan to Jupiter and back and ending up purchasing it in December. The Davie lawyer was ecstatic to purchase the vehicle due to its Enhanced Autopilot not realizing the frightening experience that he would face once the software was activated.
“Rather than deliver safe and advanced autopilot features, Tesla has delivered software that causes vehicles to behave erratically,” according to the suit, the first to focus on self-driving car technology. “Contrary to what Tesla represented to them, buyers of affected vehicles have become beta testers of half-baked software that renders Tesla vehicles dangerous if engaged.”
Kelner claims that the nothing was working from the moment he drove it from the dealership. He paid an extra $5,000 for the Enhanced Autopilot system that failed to work. There were also no Traffic Aware Cruise Control, no autosteer, no side-collision warnings, no autosteer, no automatic high beam headlights, no auto-sensing wipers and much more. The April 19th lawsuit also states that “drivers and occupants of Tesla vehicles are at risk of serious injury or death.” One owner said the autopilot reacts to highway overpasses by applying the brakes but doesn’t brake for cars stopped in front of it at stoplights.
A fatal crash in 2016 followed with a federal investigation stated that the Tesla Model S on autopilot had no safety defects. The car was going 74 mph when it drove under an 18-wheeler tractor trailer. The driver was killed when the roof was torn off. Tesla said that its sensors did not detect the white truck against a bright sky. Tesla’s genius chief and electric car pioneer Elon Musk says there are fewer crashes per miles driven on autopilot than in miles driven by humans, and experts agree that someday completely self-driving vehicles will make our roads safer.