Originally Posted by essanbee
The fact that they advertised and called this feature autopilot is what is going to win the lawsuits for anyone that ends up suing over these collisions (assuming Tesla won't settle). Autopilot has historically, always been a device, that replaces a person at the wheel. Whether that wheel is on a boat, car, airplane, or spaceship the meaning remains the same. No human input is necessary while on autopilot. Now you can post all you want about increased safety, idiot users, and RTFM arguments, but that is the bottom line. They called it autopilot and car manufacturer's are liable for their products.
"An autopilot is a system used to control the trajectory of a vehicle without constant 'hands-on' control by a human operator being required. Autopilots do not replace a human operator, but assist them in controlling the vehicle, allowing them to focus on broader aspects of operation, such as monitoring the trajectory, weather and systems. Autopilots are used in aircraft, boats (known as self-steering gear), spacecraft, missiles, and others. Autopilots have evolved significantly over time, from early autopilots that merely held an attitude to modern autopilots capable of performing automated landings under the supervision of a pilot."
So no mention of autopilot being on a car and it specifically mentions that it doesn't replace a human operator and allows the human to monitor stuff like trajectory. Kinda like the dead guy wasn't monitoring anything. The name has no bearing on anything. Do you think if the makers of assault rifles all of a sudden started calling them "non assault rifles" that would change anything? I could call a horse a cow? Does that make it a cow? This argument over the name has to be the dumbest argument I have ever heard.