Tesla Self-Driving Car Involved In Another Accident

tesla-model-s-accident-germany-4Cars are banned on the roads, airbags isn’t as safe as it used to be and yet again we have another self-driving car accident, making it twice in two weeks.

This has brought a lot of uncertainty to owners of self driving cars and wondering if they actually trust the self-driving cars ever again.

The irony of this all is that it is the Tesla self-driving that is involved in the accident at Pennsylvania but luckily for the driver, he survived the crash.

The carmaker said that there was “no evidence” that Autopilot was responsible.

It follows an investigation into a fatal accident in Florida where the focus is on the apparent failure of Tesla’s technology.

In the incident in Pennsylvania, the Model X car hit a guardrail and veered into the eastbound lane, ending up on its roof.

In a statement, Tesla said: “Based on the information we have now, we have no reason to believe that Autopilot had anything to do with this accident.”

It said that it had received an automated alert from the car indicating airbags had been deployed but never received logs containing details about the state of vehicle controls, which would indicate whether Autopilot was on or off.

Autopilot is a feature which allows cars to automatically change lanes and react to traffic.

US car safety regulators are scrutinising the Pennsylvania crash to determine whether the Autopilot system was in use at the time.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a report last week following the death of 40-year-old Joshua Brown, who was killed while driving a Tesla in Florida.

It concluded that both the driver and the Autopilot system failed to detect a large tractor-trailer turning left in front of him.

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In response to that, Tesla reiterated the safety record for its vehicles and the fact that the Autopilot feature is an auto-assist rather than autonomous feature – which means the driver needs to keep both hands on the wheel at all times.

The NHTSA is due to issue guidelines around the rules for autonomous car technology later this month.

Previously NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind has said that technology such as Autopilot needed to be twice as safe as the manual systems they replace.

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