A lack of attentiveness or an error in the code? Or both?
Tesla is at the forefront of autopilot technology, but with innovation comes many obstacles. One of those is public ridicule. With many people protesting that Tesla’s autonomy capabilities still aren’t viable for the road yet, the latest accident involving the pioneering technology adds to the point of advocates once again.
Just a few days ago, the driver of a Tesla, this time a white Model Y, likely lost attentiveness while driving, plowing into the back of a Honda CR-V in Miami, Florida. With the owner expecting the robots in their car to slow down it for a red light – and the car failing to do so, it begs both sides of the argument. Is the technology itself not quite there yet, or have humans not quite evolved enough to manage the technology?
The accident (originally shared to the Tesla Model Y Facebook Group) was matched with a claim from the driver that autopilot was switched on at the time of the accident, and the car failed to brake, however Tesla does make clear that “Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability are intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any moment”.
So if anyone/anything is at fault, well that still lies upon the hands of the driver. Either way, one thing’s for sure – the driver of this Model Y will probably be paying more attention next time he gets behind the wheel. Not sure how an explanation to the insurance company went down with this one.