Tesla Autopilot Agreement

Reacting to a tweet that pilots don`t stop working when an airplane`s autopilot mode is on, CEO Elon Musk tweeted: “Tesla Autopilot was literally named after the term used in aviation. In September 2020, Tesla reintroduced the term “Enhanced Autopilot” for a subset of features that offer full autopilot on highways, parking, and incantations. [58] [59] In comparison, Full Self Driving adds automation of urban roads with traffic lights. [60] Over time, since we first introduced hardware 2, it has finally become clear that we will need more time than we were hoping for or hoped for. We want to satisfy these customers, so we have agreed, as part of a proposed settlement agreement for a class action filed last year, to compensate customers who purchased autopilot on hardware 2 vehicles who had to wait longer than expected for these features. If the transaction is approved by the court, customers receive different amounts depending on when they bought and received their cars. Although the transaction is specific to customers in the United States, if approved by the court, we have decided to compensate all customers around the world in the same way. There is no legal obligation, but it is the right thing to do. Here, too, the settlement agreement must be approved by the court before it becomes official, but sources said all class representatives are on board — although reluctantly in a case. It may be weeks before we go to the judge. As part of the proposed deal, class members who paid for the Autopilot upgrade between 2016 and 2017 will receive compensation of between $20 and $US.280. Tesla has agreed to place more than $5 million in a settlement fund that will also cover attorneys` fees. To resolve the case, the two parties mediated with Mediator Randall Wulff, which resulted in an agreement, according to the agreement obtained by Electrek.

In a lengthy statement, a Tesla spokesman said the deal was the “right one” because of delays in introducing updates for Autopilot: According to an interview after the crash, the driver said he was drinking coffee, eating a bagel and staying in touch with the steering wheel while putting his hand on his knee. [272]:3 During the 30-mile (48 km) journey that lasted 66 minutes, the autopilot system was activated for just over 29 minutes; Of the 29 minutes, the hands on the steering wheel were only detected for 78 seconds. Hands were identified that placed a couple on the steering wheel for just 51 seconds in the 14 minutes prior to the crash. [272]:9 The Tesla followed a leader in the high-occupancy vehicle lane at about 21 mph (34 km/h); When the guide vehicle moved to the right about three or four seconds before impact to avoid the fire truck, the Tesla`s traffic-aware cruise control began accelerating the Tesla to its default speed of 80 mph (130 km/h). When the impact occurred, the Tesla had accelerated to 31 mph (50 km/h). [272]:10 The autopilot system issued a forward collision warning half a second before impact, but did not activate the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system and the driver did not manually intervene while braking or driving. Since Autopilot requires a match between radar and visual cameras to launch AEB, the system was challenged due to the specific scenario (in which a foreground vehicle circles a stationary object) and the limited time available after the forward collision warning. [272]:11 Some industry experts have raised questions about the legal status of autonomous driving in the U.S. and whether Tesla owners using the autopilot feature would violate current state rules. . . .

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