Video shows Tesla ‘autopilot’ crash

Video shows Tesla ‘autopilot’ crash

security camera footage Road maps on Nov. 24 show a Tesla Model S swerving and then braking sharply in the last left lane on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, causing eight cars to collide. The accident the injured nine people, including a 2-year-old child, blocking traffic on the bridge for more than an hour.

New video and photos of the accident, obtained by to interrupt through a request under the California Public Records Act, to bring the first clear view of what happened on November 24, corroborating the testimony of witnesses at the time. The driver told police he was using Tesla’s new “Full Self-Driving” feature. depending on the eventbefore “Tesla’s left signal is on” and “its brakes are activated”, driving in the left lane, “slowing down to stop directly in the lane. [de um segundo veículo].”

Hours before the crash, Tesla CEO Elon Musk made an announcement to celebrate that Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” feature was available in North America, congratulating the company’s employees on the “milestone”. Late last year, Tesla rolled out the service to more than 285,000 people in North America, according to the company.

The Tesla Full Self-Driving beta is now available to anyone in North America who requests it through their car demo, provided they have purchased this option. Congratulations to the Tesla Autopilot/AI team for reaching this milestone!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, said it is launching an investigation into the incident. Tesla vehicles using its “Autopilot” assistance system – the “Full Self-Driving” mode has an extended feature beyond “Autopilot” – have been involved in 273 reported accidents from July 2021 to June 2022, according to the data from NHTSA. Statistics show that Teslas were responsible for nearly 70% of the 329 crashes where advanced driver assistance systems were involved, with many deaths and serious injuries associated with them. Since 2016, the federal organization to be investigated a total of 35 accidents where Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” or “Autopilot” systems could have been used. In total, these accidents killed 19 people.

In recent months, a series of reports have emerged in which Tesla drivers have complained about “Ghost braking” suddenly, which causes the car to brake at high speed. More than 100 of these complaints were filed with NHTSA over a three-month period, according to the Washington Post.

The child injured in the crash was 2 years old and suffered a bruise on the back of the left side of the head, along with bruises, according to detailed incident report obtained by the Intercept. In the photo of the accident, the stroller is parked in front of the car in which the child was injured.

November 24, 2022, an eight-car pile-up on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. Photo: California Highway Patrol

As traditional carmakers enter the electric car market, Tesla is under pressure to differentiate itself. Last year Musk he said that Tesla’s development of the “Full Self-Driving” feature was “important”, going so far as to say that “it’s the difference between Tesla being worth a lot of money or essentially zero.”

The term “Full Automation”, which means “fully automated testing”, has been criticized by some manufacturers and industry representatives as misleading and even dangerous. Last year, self-driving technology company Waymo, owned by parent company Google, announced it would no longer use the term.

“Unfortunately, we’re seeing some automakers use the term ‘autopilot’ incorrectly, giving consumers and the public a false impression of the capabilities of driver assistance technology (which lacks complete autonomy),” Waymo wrote. blog post. “This false impression can cause a person to take unknowingly a risk (such as taking their hands off the steering wheel), which can endanger not only their own safety, but also the safety of those around them.”

While Waymo didn’t name any names, the statement was “clearly inspired by Musk’s controversial decision to use the term ‘Full Self Driving,'” According to The Verge website.

In the same vein, the main group lobbying for self-driving cars soon you changed your name from “Autonomous Driving Alliance for Safer Streets” to “Autonomous Automotive Industry Association”. The change, according to the group, reflects “its commitment to accuracy and consistency in how industry, policy makers, journalists and the public talk about autonomous driving technology.”

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has also criticized new driver-assistance technologies, insisting they have not replaced the need for an alert human driver. “I’m going to keep saying this until I drop: What you can buy in the market today is driver assistance technology, not driver replacement technology,” Buttigieg said. “I don’t care what this technology is called. We need to make sure we are clear about this, even if the companies are not there.

Although conditions may be changing, they are not yet federal restrictions about testing self-driving cars on public roads, although states have set limits in some cases. Tesla has not announced any changes to its software or ads, but the crash was one of several that occurred that month. A few days before the Bay Bridge crash on November 18 in Ohio, a Tesla Model 3 call in an Ohio State Highway Patrol SUV, which was parked with its hazard lights on. The Tesla vehicle is also suspected to be in autonomous mode and is being investigated by NHTSA.

NHTSA too to investigate a tweet from Musk in which he said “Full Self-Driving” users will soon have the option to turn off reminder notifications for drivers to keep their hands on the wheel. “Users with 10K+ miles on the FSD Beta should have the option to turn the steering wheel off,” one Twitter user posted on New Year’s Eve, tagging Musk.

“I agree, the update will be in January,” answered Musk.

Translation: Antenor Salvodi Jr.