Tesla Autopilot Blamed for Crash

Posted by: Xavier Kwan onMay 17th, 2016


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.”

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