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در May - 19 - 2016

Tesla Model S Driver Crashes Into Car, Blames Autopilot Feature

s may be leaps and bounds ahead of anything other automakers can offer today, but it’s still far from a finished product. Two incidents in the past week have put the spotlight on the Autopilot feature as two drivers were on the receiving end of accidents that they believe were caused by malfunctions on the part of Tesla’s Autopilot feature. For its part, Tesla has denied taking any responsibility, instead shifting the blame to the drivers and their carelessness in understanding the abilities of the

The case of Arianne Simpson is the more recent of the two occurrences. Speaking with Ars Technica, Simpson detailed the trail of events that led to her rear-ending a car at 40 mph. According to Simpson, the Autopilot feature on her didn’t brake like it was supposed to, forcing her to slam the brakes herself. Unfortunately, her reaction came too late as the Model S crashed into the car. Simpson blames the tech for not responding on time, but according to Tesla and its data log, the blame rests on the shoulder of the driver, who it says hit the brake pedal and deactivated the car’s “autopilot and traffic aware cruise control”, thus returning the car to manual control instantly.

Fortunately, neither Simpson nor the driver and passengers from the car she rear-ended were hurt from the accident. Her Model S though appears to have suffered significant damages on the front and will likely need some serious repairs before it can return to driving. It’s the second case in less than a week that a Model S owner is crying foul over what they perceives to be serious flaws on the feature.

Just a few days before Simpson’s accident, a separate incident occurred in Utah where Model S owner Jared Overton claimes that his car started on its own, leading to it crashing into the back of a trailer. According to Overton, he was running errands on April 29 when he went and parked his Model S in one of his errand stops. No sooner than five minutes after getting out of the car, Overton and a worker from the business he was visiting saw his Model S had driven under a parked trailer, causing the car’s windshield to smash. Overton’s complaint reached Tesla, who like in the incident with Simpson, responded by reviewing the vehicle’s log and determining that the was caused by Overton and his inattentiveness of the situation. According to Tesla, the car’s Summon feature, which allows the Model S to park by itself, among other functions, was “initiated by a double-press of the gear selector stalk button, shifting from Drive to Park and requesting Summon activation.” This led to the car driving straight into the trailer.

Even if Tesla is right in both instances, having these customer complaints still paints an unflattering picture of the company’s Autopilot feature. Right or wrong, the electric carmaker needs to understand that complaints like these will continue to happen and it’s on the company to ensure that proper awareness of the functions of the Autopilot feature is disseminated correctly to those who can access the technology from their cars.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.



Tesla Model S Driver Crashes Into Car, Blames Autopilot Feature

s may be leaps and bounds ahead of anything other automakers can offer today, but it’s still far from a finished product. Two incidents in the past week have put the spotlight on the Autopilot feature as two drivers were on the receiving end of accidents that they believe were caused by malfunctions on the part of Tesla’s Autopilot feature. For its part, Tesla has denied taking any responsibility, instead shifting the blame to the drivers and their carelessness in understanding the abilities of the

The case of Arianne Simpson is the more recent of the two occurrences. Speaking with Ars Technica, Simpson detailed the trail of events that led to her rear-ending a car at 40 mph. According to Simpson, the Autopilot feature on her didn’t brake like it was supposed to, forcing her to slam the brakes herself. Unfortunately, her reaction came too late as the Model S crashed into the car. Simpson blames the tech for not responding on time, but according to Tesla and its data log, the blame rests on the shoulder of the driver, who it says hit the brake pedal and deactivated the car’s “autopilot and traffic aware cruise control”, thus returning the car to manual control instantly.

Fortunately, neither Simpson nor the driver and passengers from the car she rear-ended were hurt from the accident. Her Model S though appears to have suffered significant damages on the front and will likely need some serious repairs before it can return to driving. It’s the second case in less than a week that a Model S owner is crying foul over what they perceives to be serious flaws on the feature.

Just a few days before Simpson’s accident, a separate incident occurred in Utah where Model S owner Jared Overton claimes that his car started on its own, leading to it crashing into the back of a trailer. According to Overton, he was running errands on April 29 when he went and parked his Model S in one of his errand stops. No sooner than five minutes after getting out of the car, Overton and a worker from the business he was visiting saw his Model S had driven under a parked trailer, causing the car’s windshield to smash. Overton’s complaint reached Tesla, who like in the incident with Simpson, responded by reviewing the vehicle’s log and determining that the was caused by Overton and his inattentiveness of the situation. According to Tesla, the car’s Summon feature, which allows the Model S to park by itself, among other functions, was “initiated by a double-press of the gear selector stalk button, shifting from Drive to Park and requesting Summon activation.” This led to the car driving straight into the trailer.

Even if Tesla is right in both instances, having these customer complaints still paints an unflattering picture of the company’s Autopilot feature. Right or wrong, the electric carmaker needs to understand that complaints like these will continue to happen and it’s on the company to ensure that proper awareness of the functions of the Autopilot feature is disseminated correctly to those who can access the technology from their cars.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


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