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TESLA WON’T DISABLE AUTOPILOT DESPITE PENDING CRASH INVESTIGATIONS – CAR BUSINESS ON THE JOB

I’m trying to understand the logic of what’s going on with Tesla. A number of vehicles have been involved in accidents, one fatal, where the autopilot system failed to operate, or the driver failed to follow instructions clearly.

And remember that Tesla uploaded the software to enable to the autopilot system to allow testing in ‘real world’ environments. Whilst the car reminds the driver to “Always keep your hands on the wheel. Be prepared to take over at any time.” the reality is that manufacturers shouldn’t be allowed to use inexperienced car owners as crash test dummies.

Read on to understand the craziness of Tesla’s concept.

COMPANY HAS NEW BLOG POST IN THE WORKS TO EDUCATE ITS DRIVERS, REPORT SAYS

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has said the automaker has no plans to disable the semi-autonomous Autopilot feature in its cars despite three recent crashes in which the system was in use or suspected to be in use, The Wall Street Journal reports. The announcement follows an NHTSA investigation into one of the crashes, in which the driver of a Tesla Model S was killed when the sedan collided with the trailer of a semi-truck while using Autopilot.

In recent days, the company has been forced to defend its “beta testing” of the semi-autonomous feature in the press and indicated that while it is cooperating with investigations into the three crashes it will not deactivate the system or introduce software changes.

Tesla’s Autopilot feature has come under scrutiny in the wake of the three accidents, with the company issuing a lengthy blog post touting Autopilot’s safety record compared to normal driving, as well as reiterating a warning about the proper procedures for using the system. The company pointed out that the May 7 crash in Florida, in which the driver was killed, was the first fatal crash in more than 130 million miles driven by Tesla drivers using the Autopilot system.

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“This is the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated,” Tesla stated in the blog post. “Among all vehicles in the U.S., there is a fatality every 94 million miles. Worldwide, there is a fatality approximately every 60 million miles.”

In the same blog post, the company also pointed out the built-in safety features designed to ensure Autopilot is used correctly.

“Additionally, every time that Autopilot is engaged, the car reminds the driver to ‘Always keep your hands on the wheel. Be prepared to take over at any time,'” the company wrote. “The system also makes frequent checks to ensure that the driver’s hands remain on the wheel and provides visual and audible alerts if hands-on is not detected. It then gradually slows down the car until hands-on is detected again.”

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Tesla’s Autopilot has also drawn some criticism for not featuring a LIDAR sensor — one that uses laser to scan its surroundings to paint a 3-D picture — relying solely on optical cameras and radar. The company plans to release another blog post in an effort to better educate drivers and the public about the system. “A lot of people don’t understand what it is and how you turn it on,” Musk said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

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