01 July 2016

Investigation of a Tesla after fatal crash

The BBC has an article by Dave Lee about the self-driven crash of a Tesla:

American authorities are investigating the first death potentially caused by self-driving technology. The driver of a Tesla car died in Florida in May of 2016 after colliding with a truck. Under scrutiny is Tesla's Autopilot feature, which automatically changes lanes and reacts to traffic.
In a statement, Tesla said it appeared the Model S car was unable to recognize "the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky" that had driven across the car's path.
The company said the crash was a "tragic loss".
The collision led to the death of Tesla driver Joshua Brown, 40. The driver of the truck, which was pulling a trailer, was unhurt.
A video on YouTube, which appears to have been posted by Brown, shows a dashboard camera recording of a previous incident, with the car steering to avoid a truck in the next lane. He wrote: "Tesla Model S autopilot saved the car autonomously from a side collision from a boom lift truck. Hands down the best car I have ever owned and use it to its full extent. It has done many, many amazing things, but this was one of the more interesting things caught on the dashcam."
Rico says it's not like it's the first car to crash...

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