Two people were killed in a Tesla car driven by “self-driving” in Texas.After the impact, the vehicle was engulfed by flames
Federal authorities are investigating the cause Death of two people In the county Harris (Texas, USA) When they occupied the vehicle, Tesla Model S 2019 No one was behind the steering wheel, and he knocked down on a tree at high speed.
According to local authorities, no one is driving and the car has a driver assistance system called Autopilot. The two deceased, aged 59 and 69, occupied the passenger seat and the back seat.
After the impact, the vehicle was engulfed by flames. It took several hours for the firemen to put out the fire.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is dedicated to investigating accidents in the country’s transportation system, said on Twitter on Monday that it had sent two investigators to Harris to conduct accident research.
“The NTSB investigation will focus on Vehicle operation and subsequent fire The impact of this,” the federal agency added.
Tesla Some have criticized the names of its driver assistance systems for causing confusion, and criticized the way it markets these systems.
Tesla’s system is called Autopilot, Fully Autopilot (FSD) and FSD Beta.
In 2019, the American Highway Safety Association (IIHS) stated in a report that the term autonomous driving “indicates to drivers that they may be distracted” because they believe that “it seems to be more than expected. The degree of attention to be paid.
Although Tesla stated in its manual that Autopilot and FSD should be combined with Active supervision of the driver, 48% of the IIHS survey respondents said that autonomous driving can drive without driving.
Part of this misunderstanding may come from a public statement by the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, He has publicly promoted Autopilot’s function in the past, he said: “Because the system is being improved, unless you want to, otherwise you do not need to drive most of the time.”
Tesla has also been criticized for failing to provide customers with a version of the driver assistance system that has not yet been fully commercialized.
Exactly, Ford CEO Jim Farley criticized in a blinded way last week Tesla Autopilot To this end, prompt Musk to react.
Farley used the video released to introduce the functions of Ford’s driver assistance system Blue Cruise, and wrote on Twitter: “BlueCruise! We have tested it in the real world, so you don’t have to do this for customers.”
Many Tesla followers interpret Farley’s tweets as tweets to him Sistema Autopilot.
This is not the first time Fatal accidents in Tesla cars When the autopilot is activated.
In May 2019, the NTSB revealed that the autopilot of the Tesla Model 3 that crashed in Florida in March of that year was activated when the accident occurred, causing the driver to die.
NTSB subsequently stated that when Model 3 was driving at a speed of 109 kilometers per hour, the autopilot did not detect the driver’s steering wheel in the last eight seconds and did not perform evasive operations to avoid collision with the truck. The limit is 88.5 kilometers per hour.