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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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Here’s How a Small Metal Ball Costs Elon Musk a Whooping $768 mn

At the Los Angeles event in the Tesla Design Centre late on Thursday, Musk took a dig at Ford, showing a video of a "tug of war" between F-150 and the Cybertruck

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Multi-billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk net worth on Saturday reportedly plummeted 6 percent, bringing his personal net worth down by $768 million in a single day after a metal ball crashed down the unbreakable glass of his long-awaited Cybertruck during its launch event.

At the Tesla Cybertruck unveiling, Musk asked the company’s lead designer, Franz von Holzhausen, to demonstrate the strength of the “Armor Glass” by throwing a solid metal, baseball-sized ball at the window, but surprisingly the glass broke when the ball was over-armed into it, independent.co.uk reported.

“We threw wrenches, we threw everything, we even literally threw a kitchen sink at the glass, and it didn’t break. For a little weird reason it broke now, I don’t know why,” Musk said on Thursday.

He then joked, “We’ll fix it in post.”

Interestingly, the video went private on Tesla’s YouTube channel about 30 seconds after the live stream was over.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cyber truck at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, California. Musk is taking on the workhorse heavy pickup truck market with his latest electric vehicle. VOA

Starting at $39,900, Cybertruck is inspired by “Lotus Esprit S1” from the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me”.

The truck will come in three versions with 250 miles, 300 miles and 500 miles of range, respectively.

According to research firm IHS Markit, the Ford F-150 has been the top-selling pickup truck in the US for more than 40 years, followed by GM’s Chevrolet Silverado.

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Pickup trucks are currently the fastest-growing segment in the US.

At the Los Angeles event in the Tesla Design Centre late on Thursday, Musk took a dig at Ford, showing a video of a “tug of war” between F-150 and the Cybertruck. (IANS)