Tesla Autopilot will never be ideal, says Elon Musk

Galtero Lara
Abril 16, 2018

In March, a Tesla vehicle operating in Autopilot mode crashed in California, killing the driver.

Tesla Chief People Officer Gaby Toledano, and its Vice President for Environment, Health and Safety, Laurie Shelby, gave interviews to Reveal suggesting that any past safety problems at the company have been resolved through a mix of employee training programmes and process improvements.

Tesla says it made a decision to remove itself from the investigation. Autopilot is a technology in Tesla cars that allows a vehicle to perform some functions such as lane changes and parking on its own.

The company has always stressed that drivers must pay attention to the road and keep their hands on the steering wheel.

The role of Autopilot is central to the investigation into the March 23 accident in which Walter Huang, of San Mateo, was killed when his Tesla crashed into a barrier between Highway 101 and Highway 85, in Mountain View.

Tesla said the vehicle was in Autopilot mode at the time of the crash.

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"The crash happened on a clear day with several hundred feet of visibility ahead, which means that the only way for this accident to have occurred is if Mr Huang was not paying attention to the road, despite the vehicle providing multiple warnings to do so".

VIII. Release of Information Prior to the NTSB's adoption of the final report, only appropriate NTSB personnel are authorized to publicly disclose investigative findings, and, even then, the release shall be limited to verified factual information identified during the course of the investigation.

It said such statements "often lead to speculation and incorrect assumptions about the probable cause of a crash, which does a disservice to the investigative process". "And it was not working, so we got rid of that whole thing".

"While we understand the demand for information that parties face during an NTSB investigation, uncoordinated releases of incomplete information do not further transportation safety or serve the public interest". Musk said the NTSB would take too long to release the crash results.

Tesla said it had made a decision to remove itself from the investigation.

"We don't believe this is right and we will be making an official complaint to Congress", a spokesperson told the BBC.

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