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Tesla, Mobileye part ways following fatal Autopilot accident

By Shawn Knight
Jul 27, 2016
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  1. Tesla is parting ways with Mobileye, the startup that supplies the electric automaker with chips that enable its fleet of vehicles to drive autonomously. Mobileye CTO Ammon Sashua broke the news during the company’s second quarter earnings call on Tuesday.

    Sashua said Mobileye will continue to maintain and support current Tesla products that use its technology, including a significant upgrade of several functions in the works that affect both the ability to respond to crash avoidance and to optimize auto-steering in the near term.

    Furthermore, Sashua said Mobileye will continue to pursue similar partnerships like the one it had with Tesla. Mobileye stock is down more than eight percent in after-hours trading as of writing.

    What this likely means, as Re/code points out, is that Tesla will move to develop its own tech in-house.

    The admission comes just a few weeks after reports surfaced that one of Tesla’s Model S vehicles was involved in a fatal accident in which its Autopilot feature was engaged. When asked about the incident by Re/code, Sashua said its technology is only capable of helping to avoid accidents with vehicles in front of it, not trucks that happen to be crossing the highway laterally which is what took place in the fatal crash.

    Tesla, meanwhile, said its Autopilot system is supposed to recognize “any interruption of the ground plane in the path of the vehicle.” In this instance, however, the high, white side of the truck’s trailer combined with a radar signature that would have looked very similar to an overhead sign, caused the system not to apply the brakes.

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  2. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 930   +354

    Guilty!
     
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,684   +790

    Sounds like Tesla just cuts and runs at the first sign of problems. God only knows what he'll do with his Space-X program the next time he has problems .....
     
  4. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 334   +101

    A sound strategy in this case, a 3rd party product fails to do what the tesla specs require of it. Tesla, like always , goes in house and does it better.. When I first heard about this crash my initial thought was that before autonomous driving can occur, the whole design system of whats on the road now, needs to be modified to work with autonomous driving of the future and now. Trucks need to be modified. Right now the wheels have safety checks added for tire losses, and lighting reflective strips to set off the trailer, it wouldn't be hard to retrofit a subsystem to a truck to let the camera know it's a truck and not a sign in this case. Some low slung cars I'm sure would spoof the setup as well as super tall 4x4's ..
     
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,754   +1,107

    Well.. you screw up big enough and you get fired. That's pretty normal. If 3rd party functions of their rockets malfunction and contribute to someone's death - they'll probably get fired too.
     

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