Thursday January 19, 2017

Tesla Avoids Recall After Autopilot Crash Death

It sounds like Musk and Tesla is out of the hot seat, as the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has failed to find an actual defect in the Model S, which got plenty of (negative) press after the Autopilot function allegedly resulted in the death of a driver. While the system is now considered to have performed "as designed," you can be sure that Musk is refining its sequel to the extent that these accidents don’t happen again. Here’s a picture of a 778-hp Tesla Model S Electric GT racer that does 0 to 62 mph in 2.1 seconds, just because.

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The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its investigation after it found no evidence of a defect in the vehicles. Joshua Brown was killed when his car collided with a lorry while operating in Autopilot mode. Tesla has stated Autopilot is only designed to assist drivers, who must keep their hands on the wheel. The feature is intended to be used on the motorway, where is lets cars automatically change lanes and react to traffic. Following the fatal crash, Tesla said it appeared that the Model S car was unable to recognise "the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky" that had driven across the car's path. The company's chief executive Elon Musk described Mr Brown's death as a "tragic loss".

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