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#4644029 - 01/23/18 11:58 AM Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking?
oil_film_movies Offline


Registered: 06/13/16
Posts: 2550
Loc: MN
Anybody know if Tesla Model S's have autonomous braking, active during autopilot or manual driving, like many cars have it active?
The driver *claims* the autopilot was active, but still, the car should have braked on its own, right?
One just hit a parked fire truck at 65 mph. Looks pretty good for a 65 mph hit, BTW. !!!!

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#4644033 - 01/23/18 12:01 PM Re: Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking? [Re: oil_film_movies]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 11920
Loc: NH
Saw that article this morning. Impressive of the car to take the hit.

Not much of an autopilot if it can't detect a large red object with flashy lights on it though...

Maybe the car fixated on the truck and steered into what it was staring at?
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#4644035 - 01/23/18 12:03 PM Re: Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking? [Re: oil_film_movies]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2963
Loc: USA
At least the emergency responders were there right away lol

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#4644036 - 01/23/18 12:05 PM Re: Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking? [Re: oil_film_movies]
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Registered: 03/04/17
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They do have this technology but itís either the same as other automakers provide or a bit more enhanced version. My thinking is that Tesla should not call it a autopilot. It sends the wrong message to drivers. In the end the driver is responsible for this accident and should be charged with driving without attention or distracted driving if that is the case.
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#4644040 - 01/23/18 12:11 PM Re: Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking? [Re: oil_film_movies]
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Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 12324
Loc: The Motor City
At this stage these auto features are just toys. But enhanced braking is not. Anyhow, I doubt we can speculate until the investigation is finished. It'd be interesting to know if DOT or NHTSA are involved.

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#4644047 - 01/23/18 12:28 PM Re: Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking? [Re: oil_film_movies]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2731
Loc: Wet side WA
Autopilot LOL you ever see a car manufacturer that never built a car without recall issues.

Originally Posted By: Kestas
At this stage these auto features are just toys. But enhanced braking is not. Anyhow, I doubt we can speculate until the investigation is finished. It'd be interesting to know if DOT or NHTSA are involved.

This junk shouldn't be on the road without a validation like Aircraft have to go through.

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#4644059 - 01/23/18 12:44 PM Re: Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking? [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21180
Loc: Orlando, FL
Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
This junk shouldn't be on the road without a validation like Aircraft have to go through.

I agree 10000%

That's why the self driving trucks won't be seen on the road for the next 20 years.

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#4644062 - 01/23/18 12:47 PM Re: Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking? [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
PimTac Offline


Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4232
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
This junk shouldn't be on the road without a validation like Aircraft have to go through.

Exactly. Otherwise the NHTSA or whoever regulates this stuff should have told Tesla not to call it Autopilot. That is deceiving.

My Mazda has that stuff too. LDW with intervention, autonomous braking, radar cruise control etc, but the manual is explicit ( as it should be) that the driver should not depend on these systems because of too many variables.

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#4644071 - 01/23/18 01:05 PM Re: Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking? [Re: oil_film_movies]
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Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 12324
Loc: The Motor City
Instead of vigorous testing of new product, the automakers are relying on field testing to gather data. All too often I see automakers rushing product to market without proper testing. Every manufacturer to be first and one-up the competition in this rat race. If something goes bad... oh well!

I wouldn't be surprised if they change the name from "autopilot." Remember that auto manufacturers came up with the name "supplemental restrain system" instead of "air bag," because they didn't want the public relax on seat belt use.

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#4644091 - 01/23/18 01:34 PM Re: Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking? [Re: oil_film_movies]
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Registered: 12/30/06
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Loc: Dallas,Tx USA
More proof that with all the fancy nanny gadgets,nothing beats old school "human driving".
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#4644103 - 01/23/18 01:55 PM Re: Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking? [Re: oil_film_movies]
mrsilv04 Offline


Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 8263
Loc: Illinois
So glad that there isn't a fire fighter who is missing a pair of legs because of this jerk.

This is what happens when morons with more money than common sense discover technology, and they're too stupid to handle it.
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#4644104 - 01/23/18 01:56 PM Re: Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking? [Re: oil_film_movies]
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7475
Loc: S California
If these sensors are not behind the windshield like the Subaru what happens when the car gets dirty? Do the sensors display a warning message when they are obstructed?

Could this driver be acting as a field tester for as yet still developing technology?

Should cars using this immature technology be somehow marked so that others can stay away if possible?

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#4644109 - 01/23/18 02:04 PM Re: Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking? [Re: oil_film_movies]
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Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 39843
Loc: 'Stralia
The semi incident they blamed because the autopilot could see under the trailer, so therefore missed it.

This clearly refutes that.

Tesla claims that it's safer than a human, but that's based on when they allow it, which isn't twisty mountain curves (where according to local signs, 9/10 rural accidents occur on curves).

Tesla calims that the driver is still ultimately in control, but as can be seen in industrial automation, the more removed the driver is from the regular operation, the slower he is to parse the alarm screens, identify the issue, and take correct corrective action.

I second (or third, or 4th) the statement that this junk shouldn't be being tested on public roads (google cars or other).

And it should be either full autopilot, or off.

And Tesla, or the worker who wrote the algorythms should be charged as appropriate for every accident that they have partaken in. (Oz law is that if I see my wife heading for an accident, and grab the wheel, I own 50% of the outcome)...should be exactly the same here.

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#4644141 - 01/23/18 02:47 PM Re: Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking? [Re: oil_film_movies]
555 Offline


Registered: 06/08/09
Posts: 372
Loc: New England
Person behind the wheel at fault.
Driver is always supposed to be observant and attending to the controls. How does one not see a fire truck and slow down?
Not a big fan of this technology but once we start blaming the car for something that a human is supposed to be doing, this type of occurrence will just turn into lotteries for the sue happy.
Remember how the Audi 5000(100 outside the U.S.)unintended acceleration lawsuit got started? Mom runs over her kid. Sues Audi, years later admits she stepped on gas pedal. Suddenly various manufacturers facing lawsuits over unintended acceleration. Manufacturers became the scapegoats for peoples mistakes.
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#4644150 - 01/23/18 03:09 PM Re: Tesla Crash (autopilot maybe) --Automatic Braking? [Re: oil_film_movies]
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Loc: Silicon Valley
All new tech like these will go through teething period. Unfortunate that some people will die because we don't know what we are building until then, but in the long run it will be safer for the rest of us survivors.
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