By Steve Dellar  |  04-12-2018   News
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Three weeks after the death of Mr Walter Huang, who died when his Tesla X slammed into a highway barrier whilst on autopilot, Tesla has again placed the blame for the fatal crash solely on the driver, just as the man’s family hired a firm to explore legal options.

Tesla stated: “The only way for this accident to have occurred is if Mr. Huang was not paying attention to the road, despite the car providing multiple warnings to do so.”

“The fundamental premise of both moral and legal liability is a broken promise, and there was none here.”

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From a legal standpoint, the rhetoric Tesla is now using broadens its ability to defend the car’s Autopilot system.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tesla is blaming a deadly Model X crash on the driver <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tictocnews?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#tictocnews</a> <a href="https://t.co/fMptdzLpCz">https://t.co/fMptdzLpCz</a> <a href="https://t.co/hsfjbR6NuD">pic.twitter.com/hsfjbR6NuD</a></p>&mdash; TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) <a href="https://twitter.com/tictoc/status/984278770713546759?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board investigators are also looking into the crash that killed Mr Huang, and have already stated their displeasure at Tesla’s decision to release a statement right after the accident, whilst other groups are also voicing their criticism of the Elon Musk company in this matter.

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Mr Bryant Walker Smith who studies driverless-car regulations as a professor at the University of South Carolina’s School of Law, says: “Just because a driver does something stupid doesn’t mean they, or others who are truly blameless, should be condemned to an otherwise preventable death.”

“One might consider whether there are better ways to prevent drivers from hurting themselves or, worse, others.”

Source:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-12/tesla-draws-rebuke-for-blaming-autopilot-death-on-model-x-driver

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A Nonymous No. 22991 1523577752

>Car gives multiple warnings to pay attention to road so you don't crash and die

>Police give multiple warnings to drop the weapon or you will be shot

>Neither listen

>Law suit

The world shouldn't have to bend over backwards to protect, and then pay for, the acts of stupid people. I don't even like this autopilot crap in cars, but if the car truly warned him then it was his sole blame. If it wasn't the car it would have been something else. Plus, what did they want the car to do? A new safety mechanism that ejects the idiot driving surrounded in 12 feet of bubble wrap? Hard brake so that the people behind him can pay the cost? Teleport to a safe space? The world doesn't hold anyone's hand.

Anonymous No. 22995 1523579327

If I have the cruise control set and rear end some slow driver can I sue ford?? It's the cars fault and I'll bet it wouldn't even warn me.

NotAsianDriver No. 23535 1524170740

It happened because he was an asian driver. Thats the only plausible reason. They are the worst! They will stop in the fast lane on the road to figure out what to do next. Or how about make a right turn from the left turn lane? I could go on.

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