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Founder Elon responded to criticism of the driver assistance system by US government safety adviser Mary “Missy” Cummings in the first trial to determine if Tesla’s autopilot technology led to a fatal car accident. It may be necessary to weigh the testimony from Musk.
Jeremy Banner’s family lawyer, who died in 2019 when the Tesla Model 3 collided with a semi-trailer truck on a Florida highway, included a mask on the list of potential witnesses to the trial scheduled to begin in January. Also, a court filing show. They also said the family had hired Cummings, a professor at Duke University and a senior adviser to the Department of Road Safety.
Musk was an apologetic supporter of autopilot technology. He and thousands of Tesla fans and customers went to Twitter last month to protest Cummings’ appointment of NHTSA to work. This included a petition for a review on suspicion of prejudice against the company. CNN reported that she was threatened with murder.
Tesla’s lawyers may oppose masks that appear as witnesses. They had previously persuaded the judge to oversee the trial and rejected Banner’s family’s request to dismiss Musk during the pretrial evidence-gathering process.
Tesla and Tesla’s lawyers in the Banner case did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The case is Bannerv. Tesla Inc. , 50-2019-CA-0099662, Circuit Court of the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County, Florida.
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