Tesla settles lawsuit with family of Apple engineer killed in autopilot accident

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Tesla settles lawsuit with family of Apple engineer killed in autopilot accident

Tesla has decided to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Apple engineer Walter Huang, avoiding a trial over the Autopilot driver assistance system.

The incident occurred in March 2018, and the trial has just taken place

The crash occurred in March 2018, and an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) pointed to autopilot and driver distraction as contributing factors.

The details of the settlement, including the amount of compensation, remain confidential. The judge has yet to approve the settlement, and the next hearing is scheduled for April 11. The California Department of Transportation, which is also named as a defendant, will have the opportunity to file an objection.

Earlier, Tesla planned to subpoena Apple to find out whether Huang was playing games on his phone at the time of the accident, suggesting that he might have been inattentive. Investigators found an open gaming app on Huang’s phone, but could not confirm that it was actively used at the time of the accident. Although Tesla tried to hold Apple accountable, the tech giant resisted the subpoena.

This settlement marks the end of a potentially landmark case regarding autopilot technology. However, questions about driver inattention and the specific role of the autopilot in the accident remain unanswered.

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