Incident 105: Tesla Model 3 on Autopilot Crashed into a Ford Explorer Pickup, Killing a Fifteen-Year-Old in California

Description: A Tesla Model 3 on Autopilot mode crashed into a pickup on a California freeway, where data and video from the company showed neither Autopilot nor the driver slowing the vehicle until seconds before the crash.


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Alleged: Tesla developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Jovani Maldonado , Benjamin Maldonado and California public.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam

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transportation and storage

Incident Reports

Tesla Says Autopilot Makes Its Cars Safer. Crash Victims Say It Kills. · 2021

Benjamin Maldonado and his teenage son were driving back from a soccer tournament on a California freeway in August 2019 when a truck in front of them slowed. Mr. Maldonado flicked his turn signal and moved right. Within seconds, his Ford E…


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