Tesla Settles Autopilot Wrongful Death Suit, Keeps Terms Secret

April 9, 2024
Tesla Settles Autopilot Wrongful Death Suit, Keeps Terms Secret
  • Tesla Inc. has reached a settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of Apple engineer Walter Huang, who died in a 2018 crash while using Tesla's Autopilot.

  • The financial terms of the settlement are confidential, with both parties agreeing to keep the details private.

  • A judge has not yet approved the settlement, with a hearing scheduled for April 11th to discuss the matter further.

  • The lawsuit alleged that the Tesla vehicle was 'defective in its design' due to the Autopilot software, a claim supported by the National Transportation Safety Board's finding that Autopilot and distracted driving were factors.

  • Tesla had intended to argue that Huang was distracted by his phone during the crash and wanted to involve Apple in the trial, a move Apple resisted.

  • This marks Tesla's first settlement over an Autopilot-related lawsuit and could prompt increased regulatory scrutiny of such features, potentially affecting Tesla's stock value.

  • Despite the lawsuit, Tesla continues to promote its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features, even offering an FSD beta for sale.

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