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Tesla to reimburse 'Enhanced Autopilot' buyers over delays

by Justin King

The lawsuit settlement will only bring payouts of $20 to $280 for each buyer.

Tesla has reportedly agreed to settle a lawsuit related to delays in rolling out Enhanced Autopilot features.

Many buyers who purchased a vehicle with Autopilot 2.0 hardware were surprised to find that some features had been disabled as Tesla worked to develop software. Some features required entirely new software after the automaker split with Mobileye.

The company initially said the issue would be resolved in a few months. The software rollout took much longer than expected, however, and customers are still waiting for promised 'enhanced' capabilities including on-ramp to off-ramp operation and Smart Summon.

"By selling vehicles with inoperative Standard Safety Features and inoperative Enhanced Autopilot and Full-Self Driving features, Tesla defrauded its customers and engaged in unfair competition," the lawsuit alleged, according to excerpts posted by Electrek.

The lawsuit settlement is said to be worth just $5 million, equating to just $20-$280 per customer who purchased Enhanced Autopilot from October 2016 through September 2017.