2016 Tesla Model S: Is There Some Major Autopilot Fraud Happening?
If you were buying a vehicle that offered Autopilot you might believe that you have bought a car that self-drives. However the Tesla Autopilot only offers up semi-autonomous driving.
Since the news came out about the death of a driver in a Tesla Model S there has been more attention paid to the driving system. This is due to the fact that the vehicle did have its Autopilot enabled.
However Tesla has said that the accident wasn’t due to the Autopilot system even though it was in use when the vehicle crashed.
They have said that the radar or camera hardware might be at fault and perhaps it didn’t detect the tractor and apply the brake. They said that it may have been the system that stops false braking from the radar and camera and perhaps this misread the truck and didn’t apply the brake.
In either of these cases Tesla have pointed out that the Tesla Model S failure may be down to the auto-braking and not the Autopilot. The semi-autonomous system adds-in adaptive cruise control, lane change assistance and lane keeping.
This means that the system is able to help when it comes to steering, moving lanes and keeping in lanes, but it doesn’t offer braking, but the driver is the one that is responsible at the end of the day.
As Tesla has said that automated braking isn’t part of the Autopilot this may come as a shock to many people.