The National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an inquiry into the death of a 40-year-old Ohio man in Florida killed in a crash with a semi-truck while his Tesla was in “auto-pilot” mode.
The accident occurred while the vehicle was in self-driving mode, which is a technology that is still in the “testing phase.” The fatal collision has raised questions about whether the autopilot function has created a false sense of security for drivers and whether the proto-type was released too soon.
Auto manufacturer Tesla, however, insists the technology is safe and the problem is that drivers aren’t using it properly. Drivers need to be able to take over the wheel at a moment’s notice, executives said, but the vehicle is capable of handling itself for a full three minutes. But the manufacturer’s own words – “Autopilot Technology Package” – suggests the vehicle can be handled on its own without human intervention. Continue reading