I disagree myself. Tesla bears some blame to me because it was incredibly irresponsible for them to release this feature before it was ready. They might have legal cover, but their actions are immensely irresponsible.
They should have known their software is much different from, say, Facebook or Apple. If Facebook pushes out buggy code, people can't post their concert pictures or they can't message their friends through Facebook. It's annoying, but ultimately it's highly unlikely anything of true consequence would happen.
Tesla doesn't have that luxury, and it should have been blatantly obvious to them from the start. If they push out a buggy or imperfect autopilot software, it can (and did) lead to deaths. It doesn't matter what their disclaimer says - they should have known from the start that their autopilot would be abused and misused. It's very common knowledge among anyone working in any technical field, be it software or automobiles or construction, that end users can be abusive or flat out incompetent. You can't engineer something with reasonable limitations, post a disclaimer on those limitations, and expect people to follow it when there are literal lives at stake.
The immediate reaction to the autopilot feature confirms this. Within the first 24 hours, we see people using the feature on roads it was not meant for, people being absolutely distracted behind the wheel of the car and not in a position to regain immediate control, and really people just using the feature in a way that was never intended.
Ultimately if the reports of the man being distracted are true, the majority of the blame lies on him. That said, Tesla does have some blame as well for pushing out an incomplete and possibly buggy feature and expecting users to behave responsibly when both short and long term history shows this is never the case.
Just compare Tesla with BMW or Mercedes which don't allow drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel for more than 15sec or with Volvo which said by 2018 they will have a self driving car and they will take full responsibility for it.
Tesla just launched a software that is not even finishes and all their fans on the internet started to say that they are better than car manufactures that have decades of experience in stuff like this.
Now I see that they say some drivers are idiots, well what a huge surprise it's like this is the first time we see idiot drivers.
Edited by Serios - 7/7/16 at 10:42pm