Tesla has been slapped with the first lawsuit over its Autopilot features. Three men from the US claim that the features are simply too dangerous to be used and are accusing the EV maker of fraud and deceptive trade practices, among other things.
Cars owned by the plaintiffs apparently veer off lanes when Autopilot is activated and are often lurching, slamming on the brakes for no reason, and failing to slow or stop when approaching other vehicles.
The plaintiffs said they had to pay $5,000 to get the Enhanced Autopilot features, which now don’t work properly and also didn’t become available when promised. The plaintiffs expected that Tesla will release a software update with the new features on board by December 2016, but that didn’t happen. The company delayed the update for a few months but did release it at the end of March.
The plaintiffs also claim that the company is treating its customers like beta testers of half-baked software that makes their electric vehicles dangerous. One of them also states that if he had known that the safety features promised, mainly the Automatic Emergency Braking, will not be available on the car at the time of purchase, he wouldn’t have bought it.
Tesla has already released a short statement regarding the lawsuit. It said that it is a “disingenuous attempt to secure attorney’s fees posing as a legitimate legal action, which is evidenced by the fact that the suit misrepresents many facts.”