Incident 353: Tesla on Autopilot Crashed into Trailer Truck in Florida, Killing Driver

Description: A Tesla Model 3 driver switched on Autopilot seconds before the crash into the underbelly of a tractor-trailer on a highway in Florida, killing the Tesla driver.


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Alleged: Tesla developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Jeremy Banner and Jeremy Banner's family.

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'We cannot have technology and sales take over safety': Tesla is being sued again for a deadly Autopilot crash · 2019

Tesla's been hit with another lawsuit from the family of a man who died when his Tesla crashed while in Autopilot mode.

The family of Jeremy Beren Banner announced through their lawyer Trey Lytal on Thursday that they are suing the company …

Collision Between Car Operating with Partial Driving Automation and Truck-Tractor Semitrailer · 2020

Crash Description

At 6:17 a.m. on March 1, 2019, a 2018 Tesla Model 3 passenger car was southbound in the right lane of the 14000 block of US Highway 441 (US 441), also known as State Road 7, in Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, whe…

Tesla’s Autopilot Heads to Trial · 2022

Ten seconds before Jeremy Banner’s Tesla Model 3 plowed into the underbelly of a tractor-trailer, he switched on Autopilot. The crash killed the father of three when the top of his car was sheared off, so there’s no way to know exactly what…

Tesla's autopilot feature at center of wrongful death lawsuit in Palm Beach County · 2022

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — Tesla's autopilot feature is at the center of a lawsuit that's going to trial in Palm Beach County this week.

The lawsuit stems from a fatal crash just after 6 a.m. on State Road 7 in Delray Beach on March 1,…


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