Tesla has recently begun testing and analyzing an enhanced autopilot car model. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revealed that the owner of Tesla Motors Inc. Model S sedan which drove into a truck has ignored the warnings received from the manufacturer. The driver needed to maintain control over the car even if he was using the function known as driver-assist.
Nevertheless, after this accident, the agency claimed that they did not find any defect in the car and they did not issue a recall. Dave Sullivan, an analyst at consultancy AutoPacific Inc., state that the auto industry, was relieved to reveal the outcome of the agency. This incident could have caused a snowball effect which would have to make supplier and automakers liable for errors.
The result after the accident concludes the investigation first developed by NHTSA when they have analyzed the role of self-driving systems in the eventuality of a fatal crash. The result represented a success not only for Tesla but also for companies from General Motors to Alphabet Inc. which pertains to Google. These companies had also invested billions of dollars in the future of transportation.
Safety regulators have also supported the emerging industry, offering it the flexibility to create devices which are thought to reduce highway accidents. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, argued that the report made by NHTSA looks to be very positive. He also pointed out that the car crash rate of the company has declined by 38% after they have installed the auto-steer system.
Tesla declared that they really appreciate the support received from NHTSA. Nevertheless, several auto-safety advocates indulged in criticizing Tesla for the statement regarding the auto-safety system which was bound to advertise their enhanced autopilot system which will soon be available. Joan Claybrook, the administrator of NHTSA under President Jimmy Carter, noted that it would be wrong if an autonomous car could not be able to differentiate between a white track and the white sky.
That needs to be taken into consideration as a serious defect. Stephanie Brinley, who is a senior analyst at IHS Markit Ltd’s automotive group, stated that experts should not precipitate into drawing conclusions yet regarding self-driving cars by only looking at these findings. The outcome of Tesla does not need to influence customers.
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