A federal judge in Florida has found that there is “reasonable evidence” that Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, knew about a defect in the Autopilot system that could cause cars to crash, but they failed to disclose the defect to customers. The judge ruled that the companies had a duty to disclose the defect to customers, but they failed to do so. The ruling could lead to a class action lawsuit against Tesla and Musk.
Autopilot is a semi-autonomous driving system that is available on Tesla vehicles. The system allows the car to steer, accelerate, and brake on its own under certain conditions. However, Autopilot has been involved in a number of accidents, including some that have been fatal.
In 2019, the family of Joshua Brown, a Tesla driver who was killed in a crash while using Autopilot, filed a lawsuit against Tesla and Musk. The lawsuit alleges that Tesla and Musk knew about the defect in Autopilot, but they failed to disclose it to customers.
Last week, a federal judge in Florida ruled that there is “reasonable evidence” to support the allegations in the lawsuit. The judge found that Tesla and Musk had a duty to disclose the defect to customers, but they failed to do so. The judge also found that Tesla and Musk engaged in a marketing strategy that painted the products as autonomous.
The judge’s ruling could have significant implications for Tesla and Musk. The ruling could lead to a class action lawsuit against the companies, which could cost them billions of dollars in damages. The ruling could also damage the reputation of Tesla and Musk.
Tesla has denied the allegations in the lawsuit. The company has said that Autopilot is a safe system and that it is constantly being improved.