Tesla blames driver in last month’s fatal crash with Autopilot engaged
Tesla on Tuesday escalated its media battle with the family of Apple engineer Walter Huang. Huang died in Silicon Valley last month when his Model X vehicle crashed into a concrete lane divider at high speed. Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system was engaged at the time. Tesla made its clearest statement yet that Huang—not Tesla—bore responsibility for his death on a Mountain View freeway.
Huang’s family has hired an attorney to sue Tesla. In an on-camera interview with local television station ABC 7, Huang’s wife, Sevonne, said that prior to his death, Huang had complained to her that the car had a tendency to drive toward the exact traffic barrier that ultimately killed him.
But in a statement to ABC 7 on Tuesday evening, Tesla turned this argument around.