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Monday, August 08, 2022

Tesla went into the weekend with a fresh pair of headaches. On Friday, the Associated Press reported that the federal government is investigating whether or not the company's Autopilot system can safely recognize motorcyclists after a pair of fatal crashes in July.



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...And the Los Angeles Times reported that California is unhappy with the way the automaker has advertised its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving driver assist technologies.

Can Autopilot see motorbikes at night?

The first fatal crash occurred in the early hours of July 7 in Riverside, California, when a Tesla Model Y on State Route 91 hit a motorcycle from behind, killing its rider. The second fatal motorcycle crash occurred on July 24, again at night, this time on I-15 outside Draper, Utah. In that case, a Tesla Model 3 was driving behind a motorcycle and hit it, killing the rider.

The AP reports that the California Highway Patrol is still investigating whether Autopilot was active in the first crash, but the driver in Utah admitted he was using the hands-free driver assist at the time of his accident....

Meanwhile, California's Department of Motor Vehicles filed a pair of complaints with the state's Office of Administrative Hearings. The complaints say that Tesla's statements describing Autopilot and the more controversial Full Self-Driving feature have been "untrue or misleading, and not based on facts."

As an example, the complaints cite a statement on Tesla's Autopilot webpage claiming that with Full Self-Driving:

[a]ll you will need to do is get in and tell your car where to go. If you don't say anything, your car will look at your calendar and take you there as the assumed destination. Your Tesla will figure out the optimal route, navigating urban streets, complex intersections and freeways.

As the DMV points out, no Tesla (or any other car on sale today) can operate autonomously....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-08 11:18 AM | Reply

Small price to pay for people like Speaks to save the planet for us.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-08-08 11:54 AM | Reply

I think it's called "collateral damage of freedom"

You know, like assault rifles and such

#3 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2022-08-08 12:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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