Saturday July 30, 2016

Tesla Faults Brakes, But Not Autopilot, In Fatal Crash

Tesla has insisted to the Senate that its autopilot functions are innocent and that blame should be diverted to the car’s braking systems, but no one seems to be buying it because the latter is obviously controlled by the former.

"Those systems are supposed to work together to prevent an accident," said Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book, an auto research firm. "But either the car didn’t know it had to stop, or it did know and wasn’t able to stop. That involves Autopilot and the automatic braking." The company told the committee staff that it considered the braking systems as "separate and distinct" from Autopilot, which manages the car’s steering, and can change lanes and adjust travel speed, the staff member said.