Headlines are reading that speed was a factor in the recent fatal accident involving a Tesla S where the driver was using the autopilot feature. But let’s be honest with the facts. Data pulled from the vehicle shows that the Tesla was travelling at 74mph in a 65mph zone. Although that is still considered speeding, that’s a far cry to make headlines. So lets focus on other facts of the accident for a moment. The NTSB has not finalized a cause for the crash as of yet.
The NTSB report further confirms that the vehicle was in the Autopilot mode when the accident took place. With the feature enabled, the system will also activate traffic-aware cruise control and Autosteer lane keeping assist modes. The system also has an emergency front impact braking system in place. Currently, the NTSB has only released those details involving the accident. As the investigation continues, the NTSB will continue to learn more details surround the accident and potentially a cause. What we do know is that the Tesla with its Autopilot feature engaged failed to notice and avoid a white tractor trailer which cross perpendicular to the Tesla at an intersection resulting in the fatal accident.
Tesla’s vehicle reliability is coming into question once again. This time an owner is claiming that an accident which involved the vehicle crashing into a building, was caused by the vehicle and not the fault of the owner. The issue began when Puzant Oznag, owner o the Model X, was pulling into a parking spot with his wife when suddenly he alleged that the Model X sped up unexpectedly, climbed over a planter, and hit the building directly in front.
Fortunately the vehicle went straight ahead into a solid wall as the vehicle could have very easily launched into a storefront and injured people. Unfortunately, Ozbag and his wife received minor burns caused by the deployment of the air bags during the collision. According to Ozbag, “The acceleration was uncontrollable, seemed maximum and the car only stopped because it hit the building and caused massive damage to the building.”
However, according to Tesla, they “analyzed the vehicle logs which confirm that this Model X was operating correctly under manual control and was never in Autopilot or cruise control at the time of the incident or in the minutes before. Data shows that the vehicle was traveling at 6 mph when the accelerator pedal was abruptly increased to 100%. Consistent with the driver’s actions, the vehicle applied torque and accelerated as instructed. Safety is the top priority at Tesla and we engineer and build our cars with this foremost in mind. We are pleased that the driver is ok and ask our customers to exercise safe behavior when using our vehicles.”
So when a car with autopilot crashes, it is the car’s fault or the driver’s fault? An accident involving a Tesla Model S in California challenges just that question. The owner of the vehicle is blaming a faulty autopilot system in the Model S for not engaging the braking feature which resulted in the accident. Specifically, the auto braking function which should be engaged in the case of a front end collision did no work and the owner applied her brakes too late to avoid an accident.
According to Tesla spokesperson, “Autopilot is by far the most advanced such system on the road, but it does not turn a Tesla into an autonomous vehicle and does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility. Since the release of Autopilot, we’ve continuously educated customers on the use of the feature, reminding them that they’re responsible for remaining alert and present when using Autopilot and must be prepared to take control at all times.”
With the McLaren P1 production run having come to an end, every single P1 that’s on the road or on the track becomes more and more valuable. That’s why when a factory owned P1 GTR lost control at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca right at the corkscrew everyone held their breath for a brief moment and turned their heads away at what looked to be an inevitable demise of a P1.
The P1 GTR was being piloted around Laguna Seca on a private race day and the driver was on a hot lap trying to set the best lap time for all other drivers to match during the day. The P1 powered its way up the hill toward the corkscrew, turns hard into the blind left and powers out down the hill to the right. At this time, the back end of the P1 kicked out and the car spins around almost hitting the side guard rails. Luckily, the car comes to a halt right before imminent impact.
The P1 GTR is a track prepared P1 which offers more power than the stock version. Power output is bumped to 986hp, and the suspension has been exchanged for a race-prepped suspension. Only 35 P1 GTRs were built.
Jeremy Clarkson is up to no good again. While filming his new show in Barbados, he went to social media and posted a picture with the caption “had a bit of an accident while filming”. The photo was of a car that looks completely destroyed with only the number plate being the recognizable item.
The Ex Top Gear host has been hard at work since last year filming his new and still untitled show. Glimpses into the shows content via social media pictures like this one hits that there will be lots of toying around, and a bit of talk about cars. Even though that sounds awfully similar to the work at his previous post, I will probably still watch it for the sake of enjoying Clarkson’s sarcastic humor.
The 2004 Ferrari Enzo you see here was literally brought back from the dead. The story of its early life is a sad one to say the least. In 2006, Stefan Eriksson, a successful tech business man, lost control of this Enzo going 160mph, crashed into a pole, and split the car in half.
The remains of the Enzo made its way to the Ferrari Technical Assistance Service where it was meticulously overhauled and brought back to life. The once red Enzo is now lathered in a beautifyl Nero Daytona and has a Rosso leather interior. Some smaller touches include a navigation, a Bose stereo, reverse camera, and some carbon fiber trim pieces. The odometer reads 2,500km and has remained in Europe since its rebuild. This super car has been certified by Ferrari confirming its authenticity and quality standards of the rebuild.
RM Sotheby’s will be bringing this Enzo under the hammer in Paris on February 3. The estimated value of this car is between $1.6 to $2.2 million. Can’t wait to see the hammer drop on this Enzo.
Well, this one is too close to call so we’ll say its a draw. You would think that the bridge should be sturdy enough to withstand an impact from a backhoe, but that was not the case for this CP Rail bridge in Lloydminster. A backhoe that was being transported on the back of a flatbed trailer crashed into the bridge knocking it off the concrete support pillars and onto the eastbound lanes of Highway 16. Police estimate that traffic will be re-routed for several days as crews clean up the scene.
I suppose its better that a trailer knocks the bridge off the support instead of a fully loaded train causing the bridge to collapse. I’m no engineer, but I’m pretty sure these bridges should be able to withstand an impact from a trailer carrying a backhoe. Of course, the truck driver could’ve been speeding too. Either way, its going to be one heck of a mess to cleanup and repair.
Yet another cyclist was fighting for his life in hospital after being struck by a vehicle on one of Quebec’s roadways. The accident occurred just after 8 p.m. Saturday on Route 117, also known as Labelle Blvd., about 92 kilometres northwest of Montreal in Val Morin.
According to Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Ann Mathieu, the male cyclist was not carrying identification, making it impossible to determine his name or age.
An apparent drunk driving accident in the southwest neighborhood of Bridlewood has claimed the life of a 42 year old female. Witnesses at the scene recalled seeing a silver SUV speeding down the residential road. The SUV lost control, hopped a curb and struck three people waiting at a bus stop, one of which was in a wheelchair.
A 30 year old female and a 15 year old male (occupant of the wheelchair) were transported to hospital in non-life threatening condition. An 8 year old was assessed and released. As a result of the injuries suffered in the collision, a 42 year old female was pronounced dead at the scene.
A suspect has since been arrested after a witness followed him fleeing the scene of the accident. Charges are pending as Calgary Police continue their investigation.