Tesla, Inc. will have a hard time pulling through on its Autopilot promise. There is a technical problem with the two versions which came before 2.5. Buyers keen on advanced versions of the company’s self-driving systems will have to water down their expectations. With the exception of the recent AP 2.5 vehicles, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concludes that most Teslas pose a safety threat.
Virtually the whole Elon Musk corporation’s car buyer base is an increased liability now. Does the NTSB’s decision put a halt to the development of Tesla’s Autopilot? Learnbonds considers a report released this week. It brings up the near 16 month-old investigation into the death of a Tesla Model S owner. Ohio resident Joshua Brown was the victim who lost his life during the crash. His electric-powered sedan was engaged in Autopilot at the time.
The NTSB is an investigative and independent American government agency. It is responsible for looking into civil-related transportation accidents and disputes. The incident which led to Brown’s death on 2016’s May 7th could have been prevented. This is according to the NTSB’s conclusion this week, which blames the shortcomings of Tesla’s Autopilot.
The trouble Tesla, Inc. is in (NASDAQ:TSLA)
Tesla’s widely used car self-guiding system could soon be under a massive crackdown. A look at the safety board’s conclusion proposes that the energy tech company could have done more to prevent cases like the crash which took Brown’s life.
The key notes from the NTSB report are as follows. Firstly, the pattern in which Brown used Autopilot on his Model S suggests too much reliance on the system’s capabilities. Secondly, he was not attentive during the driving task. However, the investigators do not claim to know the reason for his inattention. And thirdly, findings show that safeguards put in place to ensure that drivers are paying attention to the road while Autopilot is engaged are insufficient.
That last point is the most damning for Tesla, Inc. It suggests more could have been done in the prevention of Brown’s death, and not just his case either. Any person in accidents while Autopilot is engaged can now put at least some of the blame on the car.
“Driving is an inherently visual task,” the NTSB explains. One way Tesla tries to ensure that drivers are paying attention is ensuring they keep their hands on the wheel. The public now gains information that the systems put in place to see to that are inadequate.
Inadequate is a strong word. It is especially hurtful in reference to the trusted self-guiding systems on the bulk of all Teslas. The steering wheel torque mechanism features on Autopilot versions 1.0 and 2.0. Those also happen to be the most widespread. Autopilot 2.5 is only a recent roll-out, being less than 2 months into its official release.
What does this mean for Tesla, Inc. Autopilot (NASDAQ:TSLA)?
From a new technical standpoint, Tesla, Inc. Autopilot versions 1.0 and 2.0 do not do enough to ensure driver safety. This also brings up a hard challenge for Elon Musk and his car business. Most of the cars sold now roam the road without enough safeguards once Autopilot is engaged.
It does look like Tesla had an idea that the safety board would land on this week’s conclusion. The most distinct feature on Autopilot 2.5 is a camera facing the driver. Its job is to make duly sure that drivers are paying attention to the road ahead as they should be. That, combined with a mandatory “hands-on-the-wheel” notice should be enough to please transportation safety boards worldwide.
It is more than likely that 2.5 was rolled out to counter the perception that Tesla, Inc. simply is not doing enough. Version 2.0 was less than a year into its roll-out when 2.5 came out with the minimum need to please the NTSB. But what does this mean for the existing driver base, of which the overwhelming majority uses Autopilot 1.0 and 2.0?
Tesla, Inc. will have to explain a course of action soon. The company is unlikely to disable the Autopilot feature on its cars, but some form of address is needed. Share your thoughts on Tesla, Inc. and its Autopilot system below. Has the company done enough to ensure driver safety?
The shares of NASDAQ:TSLA are up more than 3 percent. Investors are excited by teasers of an incoming self-driving, electric truck. The heavy duty vehicle will be shown to the public in October. By the looks of it, the trucking industry is nothing short of excited for the innovations the new vehicle will bring.