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Last Year, An Apple Engineer Died While Driving His Tesla. Now, His Family Is Suing The Company

Self-driving cars are slowly becoming more of a reality, but there’s still a lot that needs to be worked out. In March 2018, Apple engineer Wei Huang died in a crash after his Tesla Model X hit a median on Highway 101 in Mountain View, California. At the time, Huang’s Tesla was in Autopilot, a driver assistance feature that Tesla made standard in all its models. The feature is supposed to make drivers safer by doing things like matching a car’s speed to existing traffic and automatically changing lanes. Now, Huang’s family has filed a lawsuit against both Tesla and the state of California, as reported by ABC 7 News . The lawsuit itself claims, “…the Tesla Model X was defective in its design, in that the passenger protection systems of the vehicle would not, could not, and did not perform in a manner as safely as an ordinary consumer would expect.” Sevonne Huang — Wei Huang’s wife — told ABC 7 News that her husband had mentioned the car veered towards the same barrier on Autopilot...

Vanessa Taylor

May 1, 2019