Tesla Denies That They Rejected Autopilot Safeguards Because Of Cost

Tesla has made it abundantly clear that its Autopilot mode in its cars is not a self-driving feature, but we’ve seen many drivers ignore those warnings. We’ve also seen how Autopilot has resulted in a couple of accidents, such as an incident back in 2018 that resulted in a fatality ^(http://www.appmarsh.com/2018/03/tesla-faces-federal-investigation-over-last-weeks-fatal-crash/), and another earlier this year ^(https://www.engadget.com/2018/03/30/tesla-autopilot-model-x-crash-mountain-view/).

However could these accidents have been avoided if there were safeguards put into place? That’s what a report from The Wall Street Journal ^(https://www.wsj.com/articles/tesla-considered-adding-eye-tracking-and-steering-wheel-sensors-to-autopilot-system-1526302921?mod=e2tw) (via Engadget ^(https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/14/tesla-nixed-autopilot-safeguards-cost-ineffectiveness/)) is claiming, although it is also what Tesla is denying. The report claims that Tesla had foregone Autopilot safeguards, such as the use of eyetracking and steering wheel sensors due to concerns about cost.

An anonymous source told the publication, “It came down to cost, and Elon was confident we wouldn’t need it.” However Musk has since denied those claims by saying, “This is false. Eyetracking rejected for being ineffective, not for cost. WSJ fails to mention that Tesla is safest car on road, which would make article ridiculous. Approx 4X better than avg.”

Tesla has also since issued a statement that reads, “Ensuring that drivers stay engaged and alert when using Autopilot is extremely important. That is why we designed the system to deliver an escalating series of visual and audio warnings reminding the driver to place their hands on the wheel. That’s also why we’ve taken so many steps to improve this process over time, including an update that prevents a driver from re-engaging Autopilot if they ignore repeated warnings. We’ve explored many technologies and opted for the combination of a hands-on-wheel torsion sensor with visual and audio alerts, and we will of course continue to evaluate new technologies as we evolve the Tesla fleet over time.”

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Author: Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).

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