【马斯克:最近一起Model X车祸发生时并未开启Autopilot功能】

【马斯克:最近一起Model X车祸发生时并未开启Autopilot功能】日前,马斯克在Twitter上发布消息称:车载记录显示,在宾夕法尼亚的事故中Autopilot并没有开启。特斯拉指出,该功能的设计不是完全接替司机,司机必须保持警觉并时刻准备接管。另外,公司正计划创建一个“说明性博客”,帮助用户更好地了解Autopilot功能是如何运作的。

Elon Musk claims Autopilot was NOT to blame for a second Tesla crash: Logs show function was off in Pennsylvania accident

Tesla's controversial Autopilot feature was not to blame for a crash at a turnpike in Pennsylvania earlier this month, Elon Musk has claimed.

Logs released by the electric car manufacturer show that the feature was not turned on at the time of the crash, despite reports that it may have played a role.

The accident came weeks after a Tesla Model S collided with a tractor-trailer on a freeway in Williston, Florida, after it failed to detect the white trailer against the sky.

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The 40-year-old driver Joshua Brown died in the accident.

The crash in Pennsylvania, which occurred on 1 July, was not fatal but the driver told police he had activated the Autopilot feature, which uses sensors to keep the car on the road.

Tesla has insisted that the feature is not designed to take over from motorists completely and drivers must stay alert and ready to take over at all times.

However, Mr Musk revealed on Thursday that logs from the Tesla Model X in Pennsylvania showed that the Autopilot function was turned off and so could not be blamed for the accident.

Mr Musk Tweeted a statement that said: 'Onboard vehicle logs show Autopilot was turned off in Pennsylvania crash. Moreover, crash would not have occurred if it was on.'

The Model X, which was 'destroyed' in the accident, had suddenly swerved off a road at 60mph and hit some wooden guard rail posts.

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According to the Detroit Free Press, the driver that crashed was Albert Scaligone, owner of an art gallery in Pennsylvania.

His son-in-law was also in the car at the time of the crash, the Free Press reported.

The pair both survived the crash, which was on Friday 1 July on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, near mile marker 160, about 107 miles (172km) east of Pittsburgh.

Dale Vukovich, from the Pennsylvania State Police, responded to the crash.

He told the Free Press that Mr Scaglione said he had activated the autopilot feature on the electric car.

The crash report says the car was travelling east when it hit a guard rail 'off the right side of the roadway. It then crossed over the eastbound lanes and hit the concrete median.'

'Anyone who has driven on the Pennsylvania Turnpike knows that its narrow shoulders and concrete medians leave little margin for driver error,' the Free Press said at the time.

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The company has been under regulators' scrutiny after a fatal car crash on May 7 that killed a Model S car owner who was operating it in autopilot mode. 

This week, Mr Musk spoke out against recent reports of the fatal Tesla crash, calling the reporting 'BS' and 'fundamentally incorrect'.

The billionaire entrepreneur and founder of Tesla took to Twitter to counter claims made by Fortune Magazine, which criticised Mr Musk's firm for taking so long to publicly disclose the crash.

In a recent move, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent the company a letter, seeking details of all design changes and updates to Autopilot since it went into use last year. 

Consumer Reports magazine is also calling on the electric car maker to change the name of its Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system and to disconnect the automatic steering feature.

The magazine says in a statement that calling the system Autopilot promotes a dangerous assumption that Teslas can drive themselves.

It also says the automatic steering should be disconnected until it's updated to make sure a driver's hands stay on the steering wheel at all times.

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But Tesla boss Elon Musk said the electric car maker has no plans to disable its Autopilot feature in the wake of a fatal accident in which the driver of a Model S car was using the technology.

Instead, the company is planning an 'explanatory blog post' to educate customers on how the feature works. 

'A lot of people don't understand what it is and how you turn it on,' Musk told the Wall Street Journal  in an interview.

He said he had pushed hard to launch the Autopilot feature as soon as possible because 'we knew we had a system that on balance would save lives.'

'It is important to note that Tesla disables Autopilot by default and requires explicit acknowledgement that the system is new technology and still in a public beta phase before it can be enabled,' Tesla said.

When drivers activate the system, they see a warning saying that it is 'an assist feature that requires you to keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times,' and that 'you need to maintain control and responsibility for your vehicle' while using it, according to the company.

The news comes amid growing interest in self-driving cars following tests over the past few years by Google and research by several major automakers.

Investments are also being made in autonomous trucks and small buses.

A major study released earlier this month said the looming arrival of self-driving vehicles is likely to vastly reduce traffic fatalities, but also poses difficult moral dilemmas.

The scientists said autonomous driving systems will require programmers to develop algorithms to make critical decisions that are based more on ethics than technology, such as whether to sacrifice a driver or passenger rather than pedestrians.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3691631/Elon-Musk-claims-Autopilot-NOT-blame-second-Tesla-crash-Logs-function-Pennsylvania-accident.html


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