Lawsuit claims Tesla's Autopilot steered man's car under truck, killing him

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A Florida widow is suing Tesla Motors, alleging the company's 'defective' Autopilot system caused a fatal crash that claimed her husband’s life earlier this year.

On March 1, 2019, Jeremy Banner, 50, was driving his red Model 3 Tesla in Delray Beach on his way to work, where he worked as a software engineer, when he crashed into a semi-trailer as it made a left turn.

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Banner’s car shot underneath the truck at 68mph and had its roof torn off. The married father-of-three was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ten seconds before Banner's 2018 Tesla collided with the semitrailer, he had activated the vehicle's Autopilot system, according to the preliminary findings of National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation.

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The NTSB report also stated that initial data and video from Banner's Tesla show that less than eight seconds before the collision, the driver's hands were not detected on the steering wheel, which would have prompted warnings from the car’s Autopilot.

The 27-page wrongful death lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County on Thursday on behalf of Banner's widow, Kim Banner, 54, and the couple's three children claims that Tesla's semi-autonomous autopilot failed.

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'There’s no question at all that it was defective,' the Banner family’s attorney Trey Lytal told reporters at a press conference on Thursday. 'It did not work properly. In fact, it didn’t work at all.'

'It did nothing at all to avoid the accident,' he told the station WPBF. 'There is no indication of breaking. There is no indication of steering.'

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The lawsuit alleges that Banner believed his car 'was safer than a human-operated vehicle because Defendant, Tesla claimed superiority regarding the vehicle’s autopilot system, including Tesla’s "full self-driving capability," Tesla’s "traffic-aware cruise control," Tesla’s "auto steer lane-keeping assistance" and other safety-related components” would “prevent fatal injury resulting from driving into obstacles and/or vehicles in...
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