Tesla says Model X driver Walter Huang was responsible for fatal Autopilot crash

By Polycount ยท 31 replies
Apr 12, 2018
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  1. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,199   +4,305

    You don't have to be tech savvy to put your hands back on the the wheel when the car tells you to put your hands on the wheel.
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  2. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 2,836   +1,381

    Some people apparently do. ;)
  3. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 612   +293

    You won't hear it if you're asleep in the back seat ;)
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  4. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 2,836   +1,381

  5. poohbear

    poohbear TS Addict Posts: 198   +95

    But to be fair there are way less aircraft in the air than cars on the road, so its not exactly a fair comparison is it? Its misleading.
  6. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,199   +4,305

    It's a perfectly fair comparison. The number of vehicles with technology X does not change what the technology does or how you are supposed to use it.

    Pilot: There are 20,000+ aircraft in the sky. I probably shouldn't go to sleep at the controls and ignore warning systems once I've engaged autopilot.

    Driver: There are 20,000,000 cars on the road. I'll just let the autopilot handle everything from here and ignore any warnings it may give me and take a nap instead.

    The very fact that there are so many more cars on the roads than aircraft in the sky should cause any vehicle operator to exercise more caution when using automated features, due to the exponential increase in variables.

    I didn't think it was possible to see the deceased in an even dimmer light, but within this context he's practically brainless.
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  7. drufense

    drufense TS Rookie

    From my layman point of view, I think this cannot be over emphasized; especially when you take away from driver, the responsibility of reacting to situations on the road as they arise.
    Since he/she will unavoidably get conditioned to not having to actively get involved, the tech should probably be held to higher standards such that the driver's attentiveness to take over these tasks promptly should be an option rather than a requirement (which may serve to absolve liability).
    In addition to the praise it receives when things work out, the tech should probably be held liable when things don't work out due to its failure to optimally handle a situation it's been built to handle ...

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