2016 Tesla Model S: Could There Have Been Autopilot Fraud?
Buying a vehicle such as the 2016 Tesla Model S with Autopilot might lead you to believe that you have a vehicle that is able to drive itself. However this isn’t so, what you get is a vehicle that is semi-autonomous, but the responsibility of driving is down to you.
More attention is being paid to the system of the Tesla Model S since the death of a guy who had the Autopilot on when his vehicle crashed and he was killed.
However Tesla said that the accident might have been down to other failures in the vehicle but that it wasn’t down to the Autopilot feature.
They said that it may have been down to the hardware of the camera or radar in the Tesla Model S, which may not have detected the tractor that the vehicle crashed into and so didn’t engage the brake. Or it may have been the system that prevents false braking and perhaps the radar misread the truck and so it didn’t apply the brakes.
Tesla pointed out that the auto-braking setup may have been the cause but it wasn’t the Autopilot system that was at fault. The semi-autonomous system adds-in adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance and lane changing assistance.
This means that the Autopilot helps with the adjustments to the speed and steering, but it doesn’t help with the braking. This means that ultimately it is the drivers responsibility for their own safety.
Many people are going to be surprised by the admission of Tesla that the Autopilot doesn’t have automated braking, are you among them?