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Tesla Suit Highlights Vehicle Owners' Rights to Data 

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Feb. 25, 2020—Michael Casuga claims in a Superior Court of California lawsuit, Autopilot yanked the car left in a crash, reported The Los Angeles Times.

Tesla confirmed Autopilot was engaged, according to the suit, but said the driver was to blame, not the technology. Casuga’s attorney, Mike Nelson in New York City, asked Tesla to release the data to show exactly what happened.

Tesla refused, the suit claims, and referred Casuga and his lawyer to the car’s event data recorder, known as the black box. But the black box doesn’t record Autopilot data. Autopilot information is captured and stored separately, often sent over the airwaves to Tesla’s remote cloud computer repository, according to the report.

No laws or regulatory requirements give car owners the right to access operational information, not even basic safety data, if it’s not on the black box. Only federal safety regulators have on-demand rights to car crash data collected onboard by the manufacturer but not on the black box.



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