Posted on Jul 6, 2021, 4:59 PMUpdated on Jul 6, 2021, 5:00 PM
It was two years ago, Benjamin Maldonado and his son Jovani are returning from a football tournament in California when a truck brakes in front of them. The father also brakes and is brutally struck by a Tesla while driving at more than 95 kilometers per hour. “Fifteen-year-old Jovani, who was in the passenger seat and was not wearing his seat belt, was thrown from the car and died,” reports the “New York Times”.
This tragedy is part of a growing list of accidents caused by the assisted driving system. Events which come to be added to the black series which shakes the group of Elon Musk and in particular the falls in stock market of these last weeks.
“At least three Tesla drivers have died since 2016 in accidents where the autopilot was engaged and did not detect obstacles on the road,” said the newspaper. The innovation represented by these autonomous vehicles questions more broadly the responsibility of drivers.
Driving technology specialist Raj Rajkumar assures him: “The monitoring system is fundamentally weak because it is easy to cheat and it does not monitor very consistently. Tesla, however, continues to assert that “entrusting these functions to computers makes driving safer, as human drivers are prone to errors and distractions.”
Following Jovani’s death, the Maldonado family filed a lawsuit against Tesla. For Ryan McCarthy, lawyer for the automaker, it is “the driver, and not Tesla, who was responsible for the accident”.
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