Tesla must fix ‘flaws’ in Autopilot after fatal crash: U.S. consumer group

WASHINGTON (News Service)- On Friday- some of the customers of “consumer advocacy group” urged with Tesla Inc. to fix the issue termed as “flaws” in the automaker’s driver-assistance system Autopilot.

In the report presented to the government, it was said that the driver did not have his hands on the vehicle’s steering wheel in the final six seconds before a fatal crash. Tesla’s owner’s manual warns drivers that the system may not detect stationary objects when traveling at higher speeds. The safety board is examining four Tesla crashes since August 2017 and looking at post-crash fire issues and the use of Autopilot.

 

The report presented on Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was that ‘Walter Huang, the driver of the 2017 Model X, using Autopilot, was being given two visual alerts and one auditory alert to place his hands on the steering wheel during the trip – but alerts were revived after15 minutes. He also died in hospital soon after the crash.

David Friedman, director of Cars and Product Policy and Analysis for Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, explained to NTSB’s “alarming report reinforces why Tesla must respond immediately to previous concerns raised about its driver-assist system.”

Friedman also explained about the crash saying “demonstrates that Tesla’s system can’t dependably navigate common road situations on its own, and fails to keep the driver engaged exactly when it is needed most.”

A lawyer for Huang’s family, Mark Fong, said in a statement the NTSB report “our concerns that there was a failure of both the Tesla Autopilot and the automatic braking systems of the car,” he said. “The Autopilot system should never have caused this to happen.”

Police in Utah said that a Tesla in Autopilot crashed into a stopped fire truck previous month. In that incident, the driver has also not touched the steering wheel in the 80 seconds before the crash.

by Sawan Kumar on June 9, 2018

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