Florida Man Sues Tesla for Autopilot Crash
ORANGE COUNTY, FL. – October 30, 2018 (wired.com) According to an online news report from wired.com, a Florida man is suing carmaker Tesla Inc. after being involved in a crash related to his Tesla vehicle’s semi-autonomous driving system Autopilot.*
Shawn Hudson bought his Tesla Model S in 2017 at a dealer in Orlando, Florida. One of the main selling points of the car, Hudson’s lawsuit says, was the semi-autonomous driving feature known as Autopilot. Hudson lives in Winter Garden, Florida, and works in Fort Pierce, Florida, making his total drive every workday about 250 miles and four hours. He chose the Tesla to make his commute easier. During the sale, according to Hudson’s lawsuit, the Tesla representative made certain claims about Autopilot that persuaded Hudson to buy the vehicle and use the Autopilot feature on his work commute.
On October 12, 2018, Hudson was driving his Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode on Florida State Road 91 (the Florida Turnpike). He was traveling southbound in the left lane of the highway at about 80 mph. Near mile marker 159, Hudson’s Tesla slammed into a disabled Ford Fiesta that was sitting in Hudson’s lane of travel. According to Hudson’s lawsuit, Hudson suffered severe and permanent injuries from the crash.
In his lawsuit filed October 30 in the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Orange County, Florida, Hudson claims Tesla has “duped consumers … into believing that the Autopilot system it offers with Tesla vehicles at additional costs can safely transport passengers at highway speeds with minimal input and oversight from those passengers.”
Tesla has responded to reports about the case with a statement saying, “When using Autopilot, it is the driver’s responsibility to remain attentive to their surroundings and in control of the vehicle at all times. Tesla has always been clear that Autopilot doesn’t make cars impervious to all accidents, and Tesla goes to great lengths to provide clear instructions about what Autopilot is and is not …”
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