Tesla Inc. said model X computer protocols involved in a deadly crash a week ago showed that the driver had no hands on the steering wheel six seconds before the accident. Wei Huang, 38, died on March 23, when his vehicle hit a highway barrier in California and caught fire. The damage to the vehicle was reinforced by a security stronghold, which had not been replaced after a previous accident, the company wrote in a blog post published on March 30.
"The driver had received several visual and audible hands" I wait earlier on the ride, "Tesla said." The driver had about five seconds and 1
The collision occurred days after an accident by Uber Technologies Inc. killed a pedestrian, raised new questions about self-propelled properties and sent waves across the broader autonomous vehicle industry Elon Musk's electric car maker lost more last week than $ 5 billion and has lost nearly a quarter of its value since February 23, as vehicle production, recalls and crash were problematic.
Wei Huang's LinkedIn profile identified him as a software developer
Autopilot Statistics  Tesla defended his autopilot program in the blog post and said the system did It is 3.7 times less likely that a person in the United States is involved in a fatal accident. Statistics for the US show that every 86 million miles across all vehicles ran an autototal, compared to 320 million miles for those equipped with autopilot hardware.
"None of this changes how devastating an event like this is or how much we feel for the family and friends of our clients," Tesla wrote, rebuffing the criticism that there was lack of empathy to combat safety statistics of attacks on his program. "We also have to look after people who can save their lives now and in the future if they know that the autopilot increases safety."
Tesla's autopilot approach has been to develop a set of driver assistance features that are continually improving -the-air software updates and help develop advanced autonomous features. Tesla says all the cars now manufactured at its factory in Fremont, California have the hardware needed for "full self-propelling capability at a safety level much larger than that of a human driver."