The family of Walter Huang sued Tesla today for his fatal crash in California while his Tesla drove on Autopilot. Their claim is Tesla is using its customers to beta test the feature. They have a point.
Many people say Elon Musk talks about Autopilot and demos it in ways far from the guidelines the company provides, like taking his hands off the wheel during the 60 Minutes interview. Employees at Tesla reportedly try to reign him in but he is unreignable (is that a word?).
Elon keeps saying that when they can show that self driving is safer than human driving (soon) then the world will want it. Here is the moral question I have: if the company can show Autopilot to be safer than humans, what do they do if they keep getting sued each time there is a crash? Do they let the lawsuits pile up knowing that they are saving lives, or do they avoid damage to their brand and bank account and let humans keep crashing their cars to avoid lawsuits?
This Forbes article doesn't paint a pretty picture of Musk's honesty, but the author is torn too: