Condolences to the driver’s family. And too bad for Tesla, a blemish on their remarkable car. One strange thing: the autopilot tells you to “keep your hands on the wheel.” Huh? Then what’s the point of having an autopilot? Apparently the driver did not follow that advisory or was not paying attention enough to notice the truck turning in front of him.
The problem with an autopilot is, if you provide one in your car, people will assume it works. But the Tesla autopilot was reportedly only a “beta” version, and now we learn it can’t see a giant white truck in bright sun. Who would trust their life to a “beta” version of software? I’m really surprised Tesla would do such a thing. Maybe a better approach would have been to prevent the autopilot from being engaged over, say, 25 mph, until the bugs were worked out. Letting people use a “beta” version of an autopilot at 70 mph but telling them to keep their hands on the wheel? What could possibly go wrong? Teslas sound remarkably well engineered, but this is one boneheaded engjneering decision.
Google self-driving cars have not had a fatal accident in millions of miles driven, but with a max speed of only 25 mph, I guess they don’t go on the highway.