A German court orders Tesla to purchase back a Model A
In Germany, the Darmstadt Regional Court has instructed Tesla to buy back a Tesla Model 3 belonging to one of its customers. The vehicle owner sued the electric car company, expressing his disappointment with the company's "Full Self-Driving" feature. He even compared it to "a drunk first-time driver" due to its staggering functionality.
Tesla tried to respond to the case, saying it was not aware of any software or hardware malfunctions and that it would offer the latest updates for free. That wasn't enough to compel the judge to review its ruling. As a result, the court ordered Tesla to reimburse the owner £69,000 ($75,501). Tesla filed an appeal.
Tesla's Full Self-Driving issues pile up
Sometimes the Autopilot function continues to steer the car towards another stopped car, sending it down the wrong side of the road. That's not only frustrating, but it also poses a danger to other motorists.
FSD also has braking problems. It's not uncommon to see the car braking at random. That's quite dangerous, most so when driving on the road with other motorists behind you. You can easily get rear-ended. There’s also the issue of FSD making jerky turns, which can be a problem when driving on a busy city street.
Tesla clients complain of delays of the Full Self-Driving feature
While other shoppers file their lawsuits against Tesla, others have complaints because they have yet to get their FSD packages, even though they've already paid. In 2016, the EV company announced that it would roll out all its cars with the components required to enable FSD, which it sells for $12,000, but some buyers still don’t have the software.
Tesla enticed many shoppers to attract more car owners to purchase the Autopilot software, adding other features such as Auto Lane Change, Navigate on Autopilot, Summon, and Autopark. Still, the European market hasn't been quite receptive to the feature because of traffic safety regulations that are yet to be reviewed.