Company justifies its engineering failed to stop collision on same day US traffic safety watchdog opens investigation into crash
A Tesla auto was driving in “autopilot” mode where reference is disintegrated into a stopped firetruck in Utah, the company said in a report to police that frequently cast accuse on the motorist , not its semi-autonomous driving system.
The confirmation that the vehicle’s technology failed to prevent it from colliding with a stopped object in its direction came the same day that the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration( NHTSA) announced it was sending a team to investigate the 11 May crash in Utah.
Tesla officials told police on Wednesday that the driver, who suffered a broken ankle when her Tesla Model S disintegrated, had turned on the “autosteer” and “cruise control” features about 80 seconds before the clang and taken her hands off the rotate, Tesla officials told police on Wednesday.
In recent weeks, Elon Musk’s electric car company has faced fresh scrutiny over the safety of its autopilot aspect, which is supposed to assist operators in steering the road but cannot drive the cars on its own. In answer to innumerable high-profile autopilot accidents, including a fatal collision in California, the CEO has insisted that his engineering is safer than traditional cars. Yet some experts have warned that the semi-autonomous features contribute operators a inaccurate sense of security, allowing them to become readily confused.
The 28 -year-old Utah motorist was looking at her telephone before the collision and was given a traffic citation for” failure to keep proper lookout”, police said Wednesday.
Tesla’s report to police said there were more than a dozen instances of the operator taking her hands off the wheel for more than one minute at a time and that she only re-engaged when she was provided visual alertings.
” Drivers are frequently advised Autopilot aspects do not realize Tesla vehicle’ autonomous’ and that the move perfectly must remain vigilant with their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and they must be prepared to take any and all action necessary to avoid fortunes on the road ,” the company wrote.