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Does Tesla Need to Accept its Autopilot System is Faulty?

However, this is not the first Tesla Autopilot failure that killed a person

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A sales staff chats with a customer at a Tesla store near a poster announcing orders of the Model 3 electric cars in Beijing, China, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

The infamous Tesla Model 3 sedan crash with a semi-truck that happened in March was triggered when the Autopilot system failed to detect the driver’s hand on the steering wheel, the media said citing reports from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

“The NTSB’s report did not indicate the Tesla driver was at fault and said the investigation is ongoing. But the news raises more questions about Tesla’s marketing of Autopilot — the company’s semi-autonomous driving software,” CNN reported on Friday.

The crash, which happened on March 1 in Florida, killed the 50-year-old Tesla driver Jeremy Beren Banner.

Despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk regularly defending the technology, critics argue that slapping the “Autopilot” name onto a driver-assistance feature can lull people into a false sense of security, making them less likely to stay fully alert and more vulnerable to a crash.

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Tesla has maintained that the system is designed only to assist drivers, who must pay attention at all times and be ready to intervene. Wikimedia Commons

“Tesla drivers have logged more than one billion miles with Autopilot engaged, and our data shows that, when used properly by an attentive driver who is prepared to take control at all times, drivers supported by Autopilot are safer than those operating without assistance,” the report quoted a Tesla spokesperson as saying.

According to the Model 3 owner’s manual, the car “detects your hands by recognising light resistance as the steering wheel turns, or from you manually turning the steering wheel very lightly, without enough force to retake control. Engaging a turn signal or using any steering wheel button or scroll wheel also qualifies for your hands being detected”.

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However, this is not the first Tesla Autopilot failure that killed a person.

Earlier in 2016, Joshua Brown died in a similar Tesla crash near Gainesville, Florida when his Model S sedan crashed into a semi-trailer truck. (IANS)

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Electric Vehicle Maker Tesla Has Not Met CEO Elon Musk’s Q2 Production Goal

However, despite many missed deadlines and sales figures for previous quarters, the EV maker could be well on its track to having a record sales in Q2, delivering a thousand cars per day on average this month

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)
Electric Vehicle (EV) maker Tesla has not met CEO Elon Musk’s second quarter (Q2) record production goal, according to media reports.
“At the end of May, a leaked email reportedly sent by Elon Musk to Tesla employees suggested that the electric vehicle maker had a good chance of making Q2 the highest deliveries and sales quarter in its history.
“An email believed to be sent to all Tesla employees by Musk on May 22 appeared on message boards, after a growing number of investment banks and analysts outlined bear case scenarios for the EV maker,” the Oilprice.com reported on Wednesday.
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Tesla cars recharge at a Tesla station at a shopping center in Charlotte, N.C., June 24, 2017. Buyers of Tesla’s luxury models have access to a company-funded Supercharger network. VOA
The email believed to be sent by the Tesla Chief Executive Officer (CEO) also said that the EV maker needs sustained production of 1,000 Model 3s every day in order to beat the previous record, while its production rate has averaged 900 Model 3s in the third week of May.
However, despite many missed deadlines and sales figures for previous quarters, the EV maker could be well on its track to having a record sales in Q2, delivering a thousand cars per day on average this month, according to a report in the Electrek. (IANS)