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Center for Auto Safety Calls for Tesla Autopilot to be Recalled
Mednews365.com reported that the Center for Auto Safety announced that it is demanding a recall of Tesla 1.0 and 2.0 autopiloted cars. The demand comes after the National Transportation Safety Board began an investigation into an incident in which a Tesla under autopilot control slammed into the rear of a fire truck. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported stemming from the crash. However, the incident was serious enough for federal transportation safety investigators to look into the incident much more closely. *
According to reports of the incident, the Tesla was under human control for about one minute during the doomed ride. The instrument recordings show that the driver engaged the autopilot for over 30 minutes before that crash. The vehicle crashed in autopilot mode. The federal investigation revealed that the driver did not have any hands on the wheel at the time of the crash. Additionally, the car did not engage the braking system, nor did it attempt to avoid the fire apparatus when it crashed going 30 miles per hour. Further examination of the onboard computers showed that the sensors did not pick up the fire truck, which was situated on an angle across the road to provide security for another incident on the road.
A similar accident took place about one year after, except this accident involved a Tesla under autopilot control version 2.0. In the latest accident, a Tesla driven by autopilot rode under a semi-truck and had its roof taken off in the crash.
Tesla vehicles have shown difficulty discerning various hazards in the road under other circumstances when in autopilot. Those circumstances include encountering stationary objects in the road, and forks in the road. Driver intervention is necessary in these circumstances.
These shortcomings with either version of the Tesla autopilot compelled the Center for Auto Safety to file a petition with the NTSB to initiate a recall.
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