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  • badhairpiece

    Kind of silly that people who have the money to buy a Tesla think that the car can actually drive itself. As if they thought they were purchasing their own chauffeur.

  • RedRyderz

    Tesla
    CEO Elon Musk described artificial intelligence as “the greatest risk
    we face as a civilization” and called for swift and decisive government
    intervention to oversee the technology’s development.“On
    the artificial intelligence front, I have access to the very most
    cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about
    it,” an unusually subdued Musk said in a question and answer session
    with Nevada governor Brian Sandoval.

  • Banned Squirrel

    People need to learn to read manuals more often, especially with sophisticated machines like Teslas. From the Tesla Model S owner's Manual:

    Warning: Do not depend on Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to adequately and appropriately slow down Model S. Always watch the road in front of you and stay prepared to brake at all times. Traffic-Aware Cruise Control does not eliminate the need to apply the brakes as needed, even at slow speeds.

    Warning: Traffic-Aware Cruise Control can not detect all objects and may not detect a stationary vehicle or other object in the lane of travel. There may be situations in which Traffic-Aware Cruise Control does not detect a vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian. Depending on Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to avoid a collision can result in serious injury or death.

    Warning: Traffic-Aware Cruise Control may react to vehicles or objects that either do not exist or are not in the lane of travel, causing Model S to slow down unnecessarily or inappropriately.

    Warning: Traffic-Aware Cruise Control may misjudge the distance from a vehicle ahead. Always watch the road in front of you. It is the driver's responsibility to maintain a safe distance from a vehicle ahead of you.

    Warning: When you enable Traffic-Aware Cruise Control in a situation where you are closely following the vehicle in front of you, Model S may apply the brakes to maintain the selected distance.

    Warning: Traffic-Aware Cruise Control has limited deceleration ability and may be unable to apply enough braking to avoid a collision if a vehicle in front slows suddenly, or if a vehicle enters your driving lane in front of you. Never depend on Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to slow down the vehicle enough to prevent a collision. Always keep your eyes on the road when driving and be prepared to take corrective action as needed. Depending on Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to slow the vehicle down enough to prevent a collision can result in serious injury or death.

    Warning: Driving downhill can increase driving speed, causing Model S to exceed your set speed. Hills can also make it more difficult for Model S to slow down enough to maintain the chosen following distance from the vehicle ahead.

    Warning: Traffic-Aware Cruise Control may occasionally brake Model S when not required based on the distance from a vehicle ahead. This can be caused by vehicles in adjacent lanes (especially on curves), or by stationary objects.

    Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is particularly unlikely to operate as intended in the following types of situations:

    The road has sharp curves.
    Visibility is poor (due to heavy rain, snow, fog, etc.).
    Bright light (oncoming headlights or direct sunlight) is interfering with the camera's view.
    The radar sensor in the center of the front grill is obstructed (dirty, covered, etc.).
    The windshield area in the camera's field of view is obstructed (fogged over, dirty, covered by a sticker, etc.).
    Caution: If your Model S is equipped with Traffic-Aware Cruise Control, you must take your vehicle to Tesla Service if a windshield replacement is needed. Failure to do so can cause Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to malfunction.

    Warning: Many unforeseen circumstances can impair the operation of Traffic-Aware Cruise Control. Always keep this in mind and remember that as a result, Traffic-Aware Cruise Control may not slow down or may brake or accelerate Model S inappropriately. Always drive attentively and be prepared to take immediate action.

    Warning: Traffic-aware cruise control may not brake/decelerate for stationary vehicles, especially in situations when you are driving over 50 mph (80 km/h) and a vehicle you are following moves out of your driving path and a stationary vehicle or object is in front of you instead. Always pay attention to the road ahead and stay prepared to take immediate corrective action. Depending on Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to avoid a collision can result in serious injury or death.

  • Fatesrider

    "David Clark, of Eden Prairie, says he was driving his Tesla near Willmar
    Saturday when the car suddenly accelerated and overturned in the marsh."

    Autopilot needs to be engaged, and doesn't suddenly accelerate on its own. Assisted driving features don't suddenly accelerate, either. There have not been reports of this happening (that were made public, at least), so it's hard to credit that it suddenly did happen.

    What I expect happened was that this guy was ON autopilot with his hands off the wheel, or accidentally activated autopilot (which, IIRC, isn't easy to do), saw something that needed to be corrected too late, and hit the accelerator instead of the brake while trying to turn. From a physics point of view, and assuming most of this happened on the road or flat ground, that would end up with him on his roof and would fit the physical evidence.

    What he doesn't likely know is that every Tesla has a "black box" that will tell the Tesla engineers exactly what happened. I suspect he came forward with this because he thought he could make up an excuse, get his friends to back him up, and get a settlement. The black box will likely disprove his claims.

    However, I'll reserve judgement until the black box data has been analyzed. Sometimes, things do happen. I just tend to think that what happened here is much more likely than a machine going wild: Human error.

  • Betty Bloop

    it would seem that ultimate (and legal) responsibility lies with the driver, not the autopilot....

  • Darren Christman

    There is NOTHING about a Tesla that is superior to any other car except its a sexy new company. Millenials like that. It doesnt matter that they can order online through brick and mortar stores like Walmart Macys and Best Buys etc. (thus at least allowing some young and old people to have minimum wage jobs locally and easy ways of returning items. No - they must use Amazon because the press owned by men like Bezos say its sexy.

  • Lance

    My Garmin has the most updated maps and has always been accurate.
    Technology takes time. Seat-belts and Airbags are a perfect example.

  • Katydw

    Seriously what can you expect when most updated maps can not find certain locations with accuracy? New streets, old ect if the new technology can't find them, then what will automated cars do with missing information? Will be expecting more of this as so many maps ect are out dated or missing information. My house is before a low maintenance road but the maps will direct traffic down that road and if it has rained good luck.

  • Martin Luther

    There are too many bad drivers on the road for me to trust an autopilot.

  • Scott Gage

    It will be interesting to see if this news story ever gets updated with actual cause and not just speculation. When it is found out that the driver either intentionally stomped on the accelerator to show how quick the Tesla is, or accidently hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal, will the news cover that?