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NHTSA faces Lawsuit over Autopilot Claim

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In May of 2016, a Florida man was killed in an accident that occurred while his Tesla Model S was cruising on semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. An investigation was opened by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in June of that year and, in January of 2017, the NHTSA had determined that despite this accident, Tesla’s Autopilot reduced crash rates by 40%.

A new lawsuit against the NHTSA claims that assertion is not data-driven and cannot be verified through replication from other researchers.

According to Jalopnik, Quality Control Systems Corporation has filed a lawsuit alleging the NHTSA’s analysis of autosteer fails to meet scientific standards “because it does not allow for an assessment of statistical confidence intervals or statistical significance, all indicators pointing to how precise a finding is.” Furthermore, the complaint alleges that the NHTSA did not comply with a Freedom of Information Act request made in February that would have given independent researchers a chance to verify or disprove the agency’s claims.

This lawsuit comes just weeks after a class action suit by beta testers of Tesla’s Autopilot system was filed in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, California. That suit alleges the Autopilot system increases risks of crash due to “lurching, slamming on the brakes for no reason, and failing to slow or stop when approaching other vehicles” when the system is active.

If you or a loved one are injured while using an autopilot system or are involved in a crash with someone who was relying on one at the time, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Call GoldenbergLaw at 612-436-5026 to schedule a free consultation at our Minneapolis office to learn more.


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