Although Tesla aims to make inroads into autonomous mobility, there lies hurdles on its path. In a recent incident, a Tesla Model S crashed into marshes despite an active autopilot. Dave Clark, a 58-year old driver, initially told police that his car left the road and accelerated on its own when the autopilot was activated. Also Read - Samsung, Panasonic, Tesla and more looking to shift to cheaper battery alternativesAlso Read - Tesla places bulk order for ‘Magic Box Inverter’ from Indian start-up
Clark and four adult passengers in the car sustained minor injuries. Clark s statement resulted in a drop of as much as 4.4 percent in Tesla share price on Monday. Tesla stocks had grown by 46 percent over the past year to $317.10 at the New York Stock Exchange. In the email that Clark sent to the Sheriff s department (and released by Tesla), he said he “did not intend to put the blame Tesla or the auto pilot system as I am aware that I need to be in control of the vehicle regardless if the auto pilot system is engaged or not,” Independent reports. Also Read - PUBG: New State Review: Can it replace BGMI? The answer is yes!
On the flip side, Tesla stated that “Every time a driver engages Autopilot, they are reminded of their responsibility to remain engaged and to be prepared to take immediate action at all times, and drivers must acknowledge their responsibility to do so before Autopilot is enabled.”
Tesla Model S features level 2 autonomy, which takes control of the vehicle, but needs the driver to stay alert and take control whenever the system asks for. A year ago, Joshua Brown, a former Navy Seal died when his Model S collided with a semi while on autopilot. RELATED: Autonomous cars: Here s a look at the levels of autonomy in new-age vehicles
Following that incident, Tesla had started fitting its cars with more sensors and cameras.