On May 7, Joshua D. Brown, a 40-year-old Ohio man, died when his 2015 Tesla Model S sedan failed to activate its brakes and hit a truck on a highway near Williston. This was a disturbing issue considering the fact that self-driving cars are expected to save lives by anticipating accidents before they happen, a feature which will reduce the rate of accidents caused by humans also the accident has increased scrutiny of automated driving technology.
90 percent of car accidents are caused by errors made by humans, additionally, distracted or drowsy driving accounts for some 13 percent of those crashes.
Although The U.S. government is investigating this fatal crash involving Tesla Autopilot, The U.S. highway safety regulators have requested from Tesla Motors Inc, the detailed information about the design, operation and testing of its Autopilot technology and information on whether Tesla plans updates in the next four months.
Additionally, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also wants records of how many times the system told drivers to put their hands on the wheel and how often that led to the car automatically reducing vehicle power. A letter from the agency dated July 8 was made public Tuesday, it required Tesla Inc. to file responses in the coming weeks. Some answers are due by July 29 and others by Aug. 26.
Tesla has declined to comment on the letter. But will this be the end of Autopilot? apparently no, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said the company has no plans to disable Autopilot in the wake of the crash.
Tesla Motors, Inc. is an American automotive and energy storage company that designs, manufactures, and sells luxury electric cars, electric vehicle powertrain components, and battery products. Tesla Motors is a public company that trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol TSLA. During the first quarter of 2013, Tesla posted profits for the first time in its history. Tesla manufactures equipment for home and office battery charging, and has installed a network of high-powered Superchargers across North America, Europe and Asia. The company also operates a Destination Charging program, under which shops, restaurants and other venues are offered fast chargers for their customers.