September 19, 2016
May 7th 2016 fill forever be a black day in the history of autonomous driving. In Williston Florida, Joshua Brown had an accident with his self-driving Tesla Model S in autopilot mode, which he paid with his life. Joshua is the first person to die in a self-driving car accident. Against a bright spring sky, the car’s sensors system failed to distinguish a large white 18-wheel truck. The law of impenetrability rendered the Tesla S helpless.
Since the accident the question of blame has been asked frequently with both Tesla and Mobileye finger pointing each other. A rupture in the partnership ended in a definite break up. Months later, accusations still appear.
Tesla and Mobileye end partnership. The split was initiated by Mobileye who accused Tesla’s Autopilot from being unsafe. Mobileye’s CTO and co-founder Amnon Shashua told Reuters that the electric vehicle maker was using his company’s machine vision sensor system in applications for which it had not been designed. According to Mobileye Autopilot is a driver assistance system and not a driverless system, stating also that Tesla’s Autopilot “compares favorably” with human drivers.
Tesla’s responded to the same news agency that it continuously educated customers on the use of the Autopilot features, reminding them that they are responsible to keep their hands on the wheel and remain alert and present when using Autopilot. In fact, according to Elon Musk the system has never been described as autonomous or self-driving.
Tesla now announced that its now version Autopilot 8.0 would rely more on radar than it has before, despite the company having said previously that optical cameras were sufficient. Tesla’s firmware 8 will also include modifications like a driver alert. Autopilot will now disable itself if three audio warnings are ignored within an hour.
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