More Doubts Open Over Faulty Tech
The December 7th Tesla crash in Connecticut resulted in yet another federal investigation. The National Highway Transportation Safety Board announced that it was launching a closer look into the tragedy. This involves a closer look into Tesla’s promises of autopilot. It still doesn’t exist.
Yet Tesla buyers seem to think that it is a real feature. In its current form, it’s dangerous, and led to a number of severe accidents.
ExtremeTech had a good writeup of the crash and the impending investigation. I hope that Tesla lawyered up for this one. Sounds like the accumulation of inquests is growing, as is public attention.
Luckily no one was killed in this crash. However, that is more due to circumstance than the autopilot system. The Tesla was severely damaged in the collision. Furthermore, the feature is being used by drivers led to believe by Tesla that it is safe. It is not safe and Tesla’s insistence that it represents the tech of the future is misplaced at best. In other ways, it represents negligence.
Self driving tech is not ready for prime time. It is not even close to being so. As a result, the rush towards self driving cars will leave consumers disappointed– or injured in a car crash. Instead of being several months away, self driving vehicles are likely decades away. In the meantime, tests of the system or use of existing programs result in too many accidents.
A Legal Perspective
Both parties involved in the crash may have legal recourse. The Tesla driver may be able to hold the car manufacturer accountable for pushing an incomplete product. The other vehicle may also have a strong case against the Tesla driver for negligence for keeping the car in autopilot. They may also have a suit against the car maker for the same reason as above.
It’s not sold as advertised– read here for more info and updates. When other companies do the same thing, they get sued for fraud– and lose.