Tesla Autopilot Crash Caught On Dashcam

Tesla Autopilot Crash

Tesla’s autopilot expose itself again in the eye of the storm, as we saw a Tesla Model S hit a barrier on a highway near Dallas, Texas, with the driver, who only came out with minor bruises, blaming Tesla’s Autopilot for the crash.

The driver described the accident in a Reddit post on Monday:

“I was driving in the left lane of a two lane highway. The car is AP1 (first generation Autopilot) and I’ve never had any problems until today. Autopilot was on and didn’t give me a warning. It misread the road and hit the barrier. After the airbags deployed there was a bunch of smoke and my car rolled to a grinding stop. Thankfully no one was hurt and I walked away with only bruises.”

Tesla has repeatedly been iterating that Tesla’s Autopilot is only a “driver assist” system and thus, requires the drivers to remain vigilant and keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times.

Tesla explains what the feature does:

“AEB does not engage when an alternative collision avoidance strategy (e.g., driver steering) remains viable. Instead, when a collision threat is detected, forward collision warning alerts the driver to encourage them to take appropriate evasive action.”
After three days, another Redditor on the Tesla Motors subreddit footage from his dash cam capturing the same crash. The footage clearly shows how the car needed to change its lane to avoid the barrier, which is something not expected out of Tesla’s auto drive and requires input by the driver.

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