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Tesla’s going back to court over Autopilot’s role in a deadly 2018 crash

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Tesla will soon return to court over a crash that led to the death of Wei “Walter” Huang nearly six years ago. The trial will take place in California the week of March 18th and will determine whether Tesla and its driver-assist software are at fault for the fatal accident, according to a report from Reuters.

In March 2018, Huang died after his Autopilot-enabled Model X crashed into a safety barrier along US Highway 101 in Mountain View, California. An investigation from the National Transportation Safety Board later found that both Autopilot and distracted driving contributed to the crash, as phone data indicated Huang was playing a mobile game.

However, Huang’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Tesla in 2019, alleging the…

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