Tesla's lawyers argued that Autopilot was not designed for city traffic, The verdict of the court in Munich could start an avalanche in Germany, but also on the entire continent, because it is obvious that the American car manufacturer still has serious problems with its active safety system, which, not modestly, it calls Autopilot.
A court in Munich ordered Tesla to compensate one owner for most of the 112,000 euros she paid for the Model X SUV due to problems with the Autopilot function. The technical report showed that the vehicle did not recognize obstacles such as the narrowing of the road due to the construction site and would occasionally activate the brakes unnecessarily while driving.
This could cause enormous danger in city centers and lead to collisions, the court explained. Tesla's lawyers argued that Autopilot was not designed for city traffic, and the court countered that it was not possible for drivers to manually turn the feature on and off in different settings because it would distract from driving.
US safety regulators are investigating Tesla's Autopilot feature after reports of 16 accidents, including seven injury incidents and one fatality, involving Tesla vehicles with Autopilot on, hitting stationary emergency vehicles and maintenance vehicles the road.
Tesla says Autopilot allows vehicles to automatically brake and steer within their lanes, but does not make them capable of driving themselves.
An investigation into 16 Tesla ‘Autopilot’ car crashes
Teslas with partially automated driving systems are a step closer to being recalled after the U.S.
elevated its investigation into a series of collisions with parked emergency vehicles or trucks with warning signs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it is upgrading the Tesla probe to an engineering analysis, another sign of increased scrutiny of the electric vehicle maker and automated systems that perform at least some driving tasks.
An engineering analysis is the final stage of an investigation, and in most cases NHTSA decides within a year if there should be a recall or the probe should be closed. Documents posted Thursday by the agency raise some serious issues about Tesla’s Autopilot system.
The agency found that it’s being used in areas where its capabilities are limited, and that many drivers aren’t taking action to avoid crashes despite warnings from the vehicle.