Tesla Settles Lawsuit With Ex-Employee Over Autopilot Source Code

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Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) is moving past a legal dispute it got into with one of its former engineers. The company settled a lawsuit it brought in 2019 against Cao Guangzhi, accusing him of copying the source code of its Autopilot assisted driving software platform. Tesla had alleged Cao had done so before joining XMotors, the U.S. business of China-based autonomous-driving company Xpeng (NYSE: XPEV).

Under the terms of the settlement, Cao will financially compensate Tesla for his actions. The precise amount has not been disclosed.

Autopilot is a high-profile feature in Tesla automobiles. Although the name implies an autonomous driving system, Autopilot is actually a set of assisted-driving solutions including next-generation cruise control and parking assist. The company has intimated that, in time, Autopilot will include self-driving functionalities.

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