Bisnis.com, JAKARTA — The pros and cons of the Auto Pilot system on Tesla’s electric cars are in the spotlight. This follows the National Highway Traffic Safety and Administration (NHTSA) which began a new investigation following Tesla’s 11 Autopilot car crashes.
Various accidents have occurred since 2018 in various regions in the US, such as San Diego, Massachusetts, to Miami which resulted in 17 injuries and one fatality.
In the defense of electric car manufacturers Elon Musk said that Auto Pilot technology helps drivers, and is not a system that works completely alone. But many drivers ignore the warning.
The latest investigation involves Tesla cars that have been almost entirely sold since 2014 in the US. Car accidents, which mostly occur at night, at crash sites that have dart boards to flaming cones.
A total of 11 cars that crashed were reported using the Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control feature. NHTSA is also investigating the functional value of the technology in detecting and handling an object on a Tesla system.
The sophistication of Tesla’s Autopilot technology allows the driver to relax, while the car’s onboard computer works to control the car.
Raj Rajkumar, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, said the investigation by NHTSA was long overdue. According to him, Tesla’s failure to monitor and ensure driver safety should be a top priority in the investigation.
Tesla is able to detect pressure on the steering wheel to make sure the driver doesn’t give up completely, but the driver often cheats the system. “It’s easy to get past the steering pressure problem. This has been going on since 2014. We have been talking about this for a long time,” Rajkumar said.
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