Tesla Autopilot Faces Scrutiny After Fatal Crash Raises Questions on Usage
Despite recent court decisions backing Tesla’s Autopilot, a fresh report digs into a more profound issue – driver negligence. Earlier, the courts agreed that the human driver shoulders the ultimate responsibility for Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self Driving Beta.
The Washington Post snagged exclusive footage of a Tesla going at 70mph, crashing into a parked vehicle, leading to a tragic fatality and severe injuries back in 2019. In the police body-camera footage, the shaken driver spilled the beans, confessing he was “driving on cruise” and got distracted when he dropped his phone.
Sure, driver distraction is glaring, but The Post doesn’t stop there. They point out that this incident is just one of many fatal or severe crashes involving Tesla Autopilot in situations where it shouldn’t be at play. Tesla admits that Autosteer, the main feature, is meant for controlled-access highways, well-marked and sans cross traffic, as per manuals and talks with regulators.