VIEW (KPIX 5) — New video shows Tesla’s autopilot feature
failing at the same location where a Tesla driver crashed and
died just a couple weeks ago in Mountain View.
autopilot feature appears to have a fatal flaw.
Shantanu Joshi was commuting on Highway 101 near Highway 85 and
testing out what his Tesla would do on autopilot.
low key freaked out, but the car definitely starts swerving left
without giving me any warnings, right into that divider,” Joshi
video of the incident shows the Tesla begins to veer to the left,
straight into the divider, and the car never gives the driver any
Tesla Driver On Autopilot Nearly Crashes Trying To Recreate Fatal
the video is slowed down, you can see parts of the white lanes are
faded and the car seems to think the left side of the lane — is the
Barez is a professor of mechanical engineering at San Jose State
said, “The lanes are not marked clearly on the road, so the camera
attached to the Tesla vehicle is having a difficult time.”
is building his own autonomous vehicles with students. He says lanes
that aren’t clearly visible can be a challenge for Tesla’s autopilot
said, “Tesla believes in having eight cameras all around the vehicle
and they monitor the presence of the lanes on the road.”
its website, Tesla says it’s now also using a dozen updated
ultrasonic sensors “allowing for detection of objects at nearly
twice the distance of the prior system.”
company also advises its customers to keep their hands on the
wheels, and to pay attention.
said, “I believe the Tesla is still pretty safe. It’s just a matter
of the driver having to take responsibility as well.”
driver in the deadly crash, according to Tesla, did not take control
of the wheel despite warnings.
his video Joshi grabs the wheel seconds before his Tesla would’ve
slammed into the median:
couple years ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told reporters that California
needed better lane markings, because it was confusing his cars’
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