Confirmed: the fault of the "autopilot» Tesla already killed four people
As it became known to a new report from the National Security Council US Department of Transportation, sedan Tesla Model 3, which in March hit a truck on the highway in Florida and killed his driver, he acted with active autopilot function. This driver has become at least the fourth died in an accident involving a function of the semi-autonomous driving Tesla. What is striking in the crash on March 1, is the fact that the details of the accident are almost identical details of the first public reports of a fatal accident the autopilot in May 2016.
In each case, Tesla on autopilot faced with a truck crossing the road, and killed the driver.
Victims autopilot Tesla Model 3
CEO, Elon Musk government boasted of their cars abilities and promised that they will be completely independent in the next year. But critics say that the autopilot system - which requires drivers to be alert and ready to take over control of the vehicle - is working well enough to keep drivers in check, and that Tesla gives the system as more capable than it actually is. New accident casts doubt on how well Tesla responded to this criticism, given its active promotion of more ambitious technology.
In the March accident red Tesla Model 3 was traveling south on the right lane state highway 441 in Delray Beach, about 110 kilometers north of Miami. The truck pulled out of a private road on the right side of the highway, intending to turn left and head north. The report says that the truck slowed down, crossing the lane, "blocking the way Tesla". Autopilot System Model 3 is on about 10 seconds before the accident, and the car did not see the driver's hands on the steering wheel for eight seconds immediately preceding the strike. Tesla representative confirms. The vehicle crashed into the trailer at the speed of 110 km / h (speed limit 90 km / h), without attempting to carry out any maneuver to evade. The car drove a truck, tearing off the roof and killing the driver Jeremy Beren Banner, age 50 years. The truck driver was not injured.
The report is not informed, how far was the Tesla, when the truck left the road and observed weather conditions that could affect the vehicle's ability to brake. Therefore, it is not clear, could the driver not using the autopilot, stop safely. Rough math dictates that the driver Model 3 would take a few seconds to assess the situation and avoid an accident. At a given speed the vehicle travels 30 meters per second. Brake Model path 3 at a speed of 100 km / h is about 40 meters. The car could stay for 75 meters. Add 1, 5 seconds on the actions of the driver on the braking and it looks like three seconds would be enough.
May 7, 2016 40-year-old Josh Brown died in very similar circumstances. Its Model S has worked on autopilot as he drove north on Highway 27A in North Florida. Towards the left the truck. Tesla not stop motion and ran at a speed of 125 km / h (under the constraint of 110 km / h), has passed under the truck, roof, and disrupted killed Brown. Then the car drove another 100 meters, hit hard enough to post and within 15 meters of stop. The truck driver was not injured. Then it became apparent that the truck driver had to give way, Tesla, Brown was inattentive. But some of the blame on the Tesla, which allows the driver to place undue reliance on automation system for a long period.
After the death of Brown Tesla reduced the time during which a driver may not touch the steering wheel before the system will sound and visual warning. I went through a few iterations of hardware and software. But the circumstances of the accident indicate that when driving at high speed, the system is still not able to detect certain stationary objects or objects moving perpendicular to the vehicle. Probably for the same reason, at least three Tesla crashed into the standing fire engines in 2018 (no serious injuries).
Model 3, which came in the last accident was equipped with cameras, which were, theoretically, to find a truck that crosses the path of the car. Tesla did not respond to Wired inquiry about how the system uses radar and a camera or what steps have been taken to avoid this kind of accidents.
At the same time Tesla optimistic about the possibilities of computer vision-based camera, which should allow "full self-driving", according to Mask, without the need for human observation. Even last month, the head of the technical department Tesla Autopulot Andrew Karpati said that Tesla thinks he can use the methods of machine learning and camera to make their cars world-class drivers. Musk went even further and said: "I am quite confident predicting the emergence of autonomous robotaksi from Tesla in the next year." What do you think, you will have to implement its promise to Tesla? Tell us your opinion in our chat in the telegram.