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Tesla won’t be able to cry ‘Autopilot’ for its defense in recent crashes

This July, two drivers in self-driving cars from Tesla Motors, Inc. crashed into road barriers while using the autopilot vehicle released by the company. These accidents come after a Tesla Model S crashed into an 18-wheeler that was crossing a Florida highway. That accident occurred on May 7, 2016, after the semi-autonomous vehicle was unable to determine that there was a white trailer in its path.

The South-African born Canadian-American business magnate Elon Musk, who is the co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, said he anticipated the concerns regarding a self-driving vehicle and knew of the possibility of accidents. Musk claims he tells drivers that they should keep their hands on the wheel because it is not the liability of Tesla if cars on Autopilot crash.

However, lawyers who specialize in auto-defect cases, such as Tab Turner, said Tesla would not be able to successfully use its Autopilot defense as argument in court. Especially “if the technology is found to be defective,” Tesla may be liable for the accidents.

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