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Tesla Autopilot Critic Who Took U.S. Job Out as Trial Witness

Mary “Missy” Cummings in 2016.
Mary “Missy” Cummings in 2016.Photographer: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg

Mary “Missy” Cummings, Duke University professor and vocal skeptic of Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot system, has been replaced as an expert witness in a suit against the company over a fatal crash after she was appointed to a U.S. government job.

Cummings was no longer available after her appointment in October as a senior safety adviser for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to court filings. She’ll be replaced by Ella Atkins, a University of Michigan professor and an expert in autonomous aerospace systems, filings show.