As the FSD Beta software became available, which increasingly relied on images from the on-board cameras of Tesla electric vehicles, complaints about the false operation of the automatic braking system were increasing. In California, one of Tesla Model 3's owners filed a collective action requiring material compensation not only for possible damage but also for the cost of the software option itself.
According to José Alvarez Toledo, the plaintiff, Tesla, released raw technology to the market, according to the text of the statement of claim, the plaintiff considers that Tesla deliberately conceals the risks associated with the automatic braking function, thereby violating the conditions of the guarantee and illegally enriching itself through the implementation of the option, as well as violating the California Competition Act.
It will be recalled that such emergency automatic braking has been investigated since February this year by American traffic safety regulators. If a defect is proven, Tesla will have to withdraw from the market 416,000 electric vehicles sold on the US market. According to the company's new versions of the FSD software, the problem of "fant braking" is much less common. This term refers to automatic braking of the vehicle in the face of non-existent obstacles.