Reuters has reported that the federal investigation into the fatal accident of a Tesla driver using autopilot has ended with no recall being ordered. This was after a 6 month investigation by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. You can read the full NHTSA report here and Tesla’s statement here.
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The accident is the only reported fatal autopilot accident after being introduced by Tesla in October 2015. Tesla has held the belief that autopilot saves lives and with only one death using autopilot and the NHSTA report now backs up the claim “The data show that the Tesla vehicles crash rate dropped by almost 40 percent after Autosteer installation”.
Tesla is currently working on version 2 of their autopilot software. Tesla Model S & X’s built after October 19, 2016 will come with hardware version 2 that Tesla believes will someday allow for autonomous driving. In the mean time, Tesla promises for enhanced autopilot with the new hardware although it’s still in development and hasn’t reached parody with hardware version 1.
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