Judge says evidence shows Tesla and Elon Musk knew about flawed autopilot system

A Florida judge says a lawsuit against Tesla and its autopilot driving car can go to trial, adding to the company’s legal woes over the technology.

Palm Beach County Judge Reid Scott ruled that there was “reasonable evidence” to conclude that Tesla owner and CEO, Elon Musk, and other company executives knew that the vehicle’s autopilot system was defective. But they continued to tout its capabilities and sell it anyway.

The suit stems from a deadly crash in 2019, in which Jeremy Banner switched on the autopilot function on his Tesla Model 3 about 10 seconds before it drove under the trailer of a semi-truck. The collision sheared off the top of the car, killing Banner.

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