Electric vehicle maker Tesla has warned customers that its comprehensive autonomous driving software “can do the wrong thing at the wrong time.” The warning was issued by the company after a series of incidents in which drivers collided with their vehicles. The latest version of the software that the company’s CEO Elon Musk previously announced for release in 2018 was delayed due to technological challenges.
Tesla has been careful to emphasize to its customers that they need to be alert and behind the wheel even when using its autopilot function. According to the company, the automatic function does not fully control the car, but does offer some assistance to the driver. Earlier this year, a San Francisco motorist who was seen in the back seat of his Tesla while on a freeway was arrested for reckless driving. Police were alerted after receiving a series of calls describing a person sitting in the back seat of a Tesla Model 3 with no one in the driver’s seat.
“Please be paranoid”
Les vehicles Tesla peuvent être «easily trompés» for conducting in automatic pilot mode without personne au volant, are the testeurs of a large American organization of consommateurs who jours seulement after qu’une Tesla s’est écrasée au Texas, tuant les deux hommes in the car. Authorities said neither of the men was in the driver’s seat at the time of the accident, although Elon Musk claimed the car was not on autopilot.
The autopilot setting in a Tesla allows the car to “automatically turn, accelerate and brake in its lane.” Musk said the latest autonomous driving capability update “addresses most of the known issues,” but added that “there will be unknown issues, so be paranoid.”