2016 Tesla Model S: Should The Blame Be With Autopilot?
If you are paying out for a vehicle that comes with Autopilot then you might believe that you were getting a vehicle that could drive itself. However Autopilot only offers up semi-autonomous driving.
People have been paying close attention to the Autopilot system of Tesla since the death of a driver who was behind the wheel of the Tesla Model S with Autopilot turned on.
However Tesla said that the accident may have been down to other failures, but not anything to do with the Autopilot system.
They said that the fault may lie with the radar or camera hardware and perhaps it didn’t manage to detect the tractor and apply the brake or perhaps the system that is used to stop false braking in the radar and camera was at fault as it misread the tractor and didn’t apply the brake.
Either way Tesla have said that the automatic braking setup of the Tesla Model S may have been to blame, but it wasn’t the fault of the Autopilot. The system from Tesla adds-in adaptive cruise control, lane changing assistance and lane keeping assistance.
So what Tesla are saying is that the Autopilot will help with the steering and keeping in lane along with changing lanes, but it doesn’t help with braking. They say that the driver is the one responsible for their own safety.
But many people are going to be surprised to hear that the Autopilot doesn’t come with automatic braking, with how Tesla has been promoting the system.