Product reviews and ratings magazine Consumer Reports urged California-based energy storage and automotive company Tesla Motors, Inc. to temporarily discontinue its Autopilot models until such time that the mechanism is updated to ensure that drivers are required to have their hands on the steering wheel at all times.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had earlier reported that 40-year-old Canton, Ohio resident Joshua Brown, the driver of a 2015 Tesla Model S sports car that was using the autopilot system, lost his life when his car drove into the path of a tractor-trailer on May 7, 2016, in Williston in Levy County, Florida. This counted as the first fatality using Tesla’s automated vehicle system.
Tesla’s Autopilot system makes use of cameras, computers, and radars to determine if there are objects in the vehicle’s way and a crash is imminent, using such incidents to determine when to veer away from said objects.
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