Tesla must repay German owner, court rules Autopilot could be "Dangerous"

A German court determined that Tesla must reimburse a Model X owner due to Autopilot issues. The automaker must repay most of the owner's €112,000 ($113,033) purchasing price.

The court made its decision after hearing a technical assessment that revealed Autopilot can't effectively detect impediments like narrow construction lanes, says Der Spiegel. 

Vehicles using the system braked needlessly, a problem widespread in the U.S.

This might cause a "huge danger" on the road and lead to rear-end crashes, especially in cities, the court ruled. Tesla's lawyers said Autopilot wasn't meant for city traffic.

This argument was rejected by the court. If drivers had to manually turn Autopilot on and off for highway, rural, and city driving, it may be a distraction.

“Once again, Tesla doesn't deliver on Autopilot," claimed plaintiff's lawyer Christoph Lindner.

The judgment is the latest blow to Tesla's driver-assistance systems. 

NHTSA, America's government authority, is investigating Autopilot after a spate of crashes and has received hundreds of reports about "phantom braking" in recent months.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company may debut a new version of Full Self-Driving, its advanced ADAS system, later this year in Europe. 

According to Reuters, he stated that Europe's road conditions and restrictions made it difficult to launch.