Tesla Autopilot System Can Increase Safety but Must be Used Properly
USA- Fleeteurope.com writes that Tesla’s autopilot system has become a source of controversy in recent years as it has been linked to several heavily reported and violent collisions. The company has even been criticized for naming the system Autopilot as the title seems to infer that the system is capable of a great deal more than what it is designed to do.*
With almost 1.35 million worldwide traffic deaths in 2016, drivers need to travel safer. The Dutch Safety Board recently pointed out that Tesla’s Advanced Driver Assistance System and other “ADAS” are intended to make driving safer, and are capable of doing so, but also create new dangers to road users.
There are 800,000 or so Teslas on the road throughout the world with Autopilot systems. The number of crashes occurring because of these cars remains low, however. Some in the industry point out that Autopilot is essentially the new form of cruise control. The system is not meant to operate a car on urban roads or through intersections, but it can help a driver by serving as a backup system or to maintain speed and distance on the highway. Driver's are supposed to remain alert while using the system.
So far, there are five confirmed deaths associated with Tesla’s Autopilot system. However, some say that these crashes were also the result of driver errors. Reports have found that the driver killed in a crash in 2016 in Florida was not keeping his hands on the wheel for almost the entire 37 minutes he was driving prior to the collision.
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