On October 30, 2018, Shawn Hudson filed a lawsuit in Florida state court against Tesla, claiming that Tesla’s Autopilot system did not perform as advertised and caused his Model S to crash while on his commute to work. In the lawsuit, Hudson alleges that he paid $5,000 extra for the Autopilot feature so that he could relax on his 125 mile commute. In his first year of ownership, Hudson put 98,000 miles on the Model S, using the Autopilot function frequently. The complaint alleges that the more he used the Autopilot feature, the more he came to rely on it.
On October 12, 2018, with Autopilot on, Hudson’s Model S approached a disabled vehicle in his lane of traffic, and it crashed into the disabled vehicle, injuring Hudson. Hudson’s lawsuit alleges that the Model S and the Autopilot system are defectively designed, manufactured, and provided inadequate warnings about the capabilities of the system. The lawsuit makes claims for strict liability and negligence, breach of warranty, misrepresentation, misleading advertising, and violations of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. Tesla filed a motion to dismiss on November 28, 2018, and there has been no action in the case since then.
The case is Hudson v. Tesla, Civ. No. 80052957, in the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, In and For Orange County, Florida.