As current customers are anticipating the launch the Tesla Model 3 electric car, current Tesla owners are not pleased with the company for selling vehicles with faulty semi-autonomous driving systems. Three complaints were filed yesterday in San Jose courts by Tesla owners claiming the company charged them $5,000 over the standard price for the “Enhanced Autopilot” technology. Little did they know at the time of purchase, the enhanced autopilot lacked safety features and wasn’t fully functional. According to Forbes, “about 47,000 vehicles were built and sold in the fourth quarter of 2016 and first quarter of 2017 in that condition.” Recent reports stated the Tesla’s AP2.0 update resulted in cars “behaving as if a drunk driver is at the wheel” when Autopilot is engaged.
Tesla dismissed the lawsuit and is claiming that features in the lawsuit are now being updated every month. Tesla immediately reacted to the lawsuit and stated, “We have always been transparent about the fact that Enhanced Autopilot software is a product that would roll out incrementally over time, and that features would continue to be introduced as validation is completed, subject to regulatory approval.” According to the complaints, these features have yet to be fully activated and no longer work. This completely contradicts Tesla’s statement, meaning that there are thousands of Teslas on the road today that are deemed as unsafe and could be risking thousands of lives daily.
Future Teslas are to be sold with a new hardware suite of cameras, sensors, sonar, computer and will gain true self-driving capabilities. However, the exact time frame is unclear. Do you think Tesla should buy back these vehicles? Will self-driving autonomous vehicles ever be 100% safe?
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