Tesla’s Autopilot system—which, opposite to its identify, doesn’t allow the automobile to drive itself—has been concerned in an accident but once more. This time, a 2019 Tesla Mannequin Three with Autopilot activated crashed into two parked automobiles on the facet of a freeway close to downtown Orlando in Florida.
Early Saturday morning, a 27-year-old Mannequin Three driver crashed right into a parked Florida Freeway Patrol automobile, the Associated Press reported. The freeway patrol officer had stopped to assist one other driver who was having hassle with their automobile when the Mannequin Three bumped into the cruiser. It barely missed the freeway patrol officer, who had stepped out of his automobile. The Mannequin Three then proceeded to collide with the opposite parked automobile.
Thankfully, there have been no fatalities on account of the crash. The 27-year-old Mannequin Three driver and the driving force of the opposite automobile receiving help sustained minor accidents. In the meantime, the freeway patrol officer was unharmed, in line with the AP.
Officers are nonetheless investigating the reason for the crash. CNBC points out that it has not but been decided whether or not Tesla’s Autopilot prompted or contributed to the accident.
Gizmodo reached out to Tesla for touch upon Saturday however didn’t obtain a response by the point of publication. Contemplating that Tesla disbanded its public relations staff final 12 months, it’s unlikely we’ll get a response, however we’ll make certain to replace this weblog if we do.
The newest crash involving Tesla’s Autopilot comes practically two weeks after the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration opened an investigation into the corporate’s assisted driving system. Particularly, it should deal with 11 incidents courting again to 2018 through which Tesla automobiles with Autopilot or cruise management activated crashed into parked emergency automobiles. The incidents resulted in 17 accidents and one loss of life.
The NHTSA’s investigation will cowl Tesla automobiles manufactured between 2014 and 2021, together with the Tesla Mannequin Y, Mannequin X, Mannequin S, and Mannequin 3, which complete roughly 756,000 automobiles.
Though the company is just investigating crashes involving emergency automobiles, Tesla’s Autopilot system has been concerned in quite a few incidents through which drivers haven’t been giving the automobile their full consideration. Some drivers have been discovered drunk and asleep on the wheel. Others have crashed as a result of they had been taking a look at their telephones.
In addition to the NHTSA, Tesla might have one other company’s consideration on it sooner or later. Shortly after the NHTSA revealed its investigation, Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey asked Federal Commerce Fee Chairwoman Lina Khan to look into the corporate’s “probably misleading and unfair” advertising and marketing and promoting practices for its driving automation programs.
Of their letter, the senators rightly level out that Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving options are solely partially automated and that there are not any automobiles in the marketplace that may drive themselves presently.
“Understanding these limitations is important, for when drivers’ expectations exceed their automobile’s capabilities, critical and deadly accidents can and do outcome,” Blumenthal and Markey wrote.