Can Autopilot survive sue-happy USA? That’s what TeslaMondo pondered last year. Well, let’s look at the current conditions:
High-profile accident? Check.
Hyperbolic headlines? Check.
Consumer advocates chiming in? Check.
Regulators chiming in ? Check.
Congress chiming in ? Check.
All that’s missing now are the opportunistic lawsuits. TeslaMondo predicts a settlement-seeking lawsuit within a month, claiming Tesla was reckless in deploying Autopilot. Followed immediately by polished sound bites from plaintiff lawyers and their bespoke safety advocate, Sean Kane from Safety Research & Strategies.
In short, there’s blood in the water. Musk should NOT testify before any Congressional committee right now, for his every word will be replayed in court.