TESLA won in court after a lawsuit was filed against its self-driving technology; The ruling came after Tesla’s Autopilot feature made headlines due to an accident that ended in death.
A judge in California ruled in favor of Tesla after the company was sued by four people who called the company’s self-driving features misleading.
The ruling makes it clear that Tesla will not face class action lawsuits, reports Reuters.
Tesla has been sued by four people who claimed they spent thousands of dollars on the company’s advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technology that promised self-driving vehicles.
The people argued that Tesla had not kept its promises.
They claimed the advertised autonomous driving features were unreliable and often led to accidents.
The judge noted that the four people who filed the lawsuit agreed to Tesla’s terms and conditions when they purchased the vehicles online.
Andrew Kirtley, the plaintiffs’ attorney, claims Tesla wants to keep these allegations away from the public.
“It is telling that Tesla does not want to publicly defend its marketing practices in court, but has instead fought to have as many of these claims as possible referred to private arbitration,” he wrote in an email to Reuters.
In recent months, Tesla has been embroiled in an infamous case involving the self-driving capabilities of its vehicles.
The case involves a car accident in which one person died and two people, including a child, were injured.
The lawyer representing the victims claims Tesla sold experimental cars and put people at risk, Reuters reports.
The lawsuit alleges that the car’s driver and owner, Micah Lee, was forced off the highway by the Autopilot feature.
This caused the car to crash into a tree, killing Lee and dangerously injuring his two passengers.
One of them, an eight-year-old boy, was disemboweled in the incident.
Tesla argued that the accident was likely due to driver error and that the Autopilot system was not designed for sudden cornering.
“This case is not about Autopilot,” said Tesla attorney Michael Carey.
“Autopilot makes the road safer. This is a good thing,” he said.
“It is a classic human error that caused the crash.”