Incident 232: Tesla Model X on Autopilot Missed Parked Vehicles and Pedestrians, Killing Motorcyclist in Japan

Description: A Tesla Model X operated on Autopilot reportedly failed to recognize the parked motorcycles, pedestrians, and van in its path in Kanagawa, Japan, and ran over a motorcyclist who previously stopped when a member of his motorcyclist group was involved in an accident.


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Alleged: Tesla developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Yoshihiro Umeda , pedestrians and Tesla drivers.

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