Tesla’s confirmation about its vehicle for being on Autopilot mode in a fatal crash in California has raised the concerns over the future of self-driving technology.
The California accident has raised concerns for self-driving technology.
Earlier, one of the company’s Model X cars crashed and caught fire on 23 March. According to Tesla, the 38-year-old driver had activated Autopilot moments before the accident. He also died shortly afterwards. However, they did not confirm that whether the system had detected the concrete barrier or not.
A statement from company said:
“The driver had received several visual and one audible hands-on warning earlier in the drive. The driver’s hands were not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the collision.”
The statement further added: “The driver had about five seconds and 150m (490ft) of unobstructed view of the concrete divider… but the vehicle logs show that no action was taken”.
Tesla’s Autopilot system does have brake, accelerate and steer by itself under certain conditions like fully autonomous machine. Earlier in 2016, a Tesla driver killed in Florida when his car failed to spot a lorry.
Afterwards, the company introduced new safety measures, including turning off Autopilot and bringing the car to a pause if the driver lets go of the wheel for too long.
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