A Tesla Model S travelling at 65 mph in autopilot mode has crashed into a parked fire truck on a California freeway, prompting safety concerns surrounding the electric car maker’s self-driving technology. The fire truck had been parked with its light flashing in the emergency lane and carpool lane at the scene of a previous accident, according to Culver City Fire Department.
“The driver reports the vehicle was on autopilot. ”
~ Story hereIn a separate incident over the weekend, a man was arrested and charged with a DUI after police discovered him passed out behind the wheel of a Tesla vehicle travelling in autopilot mode on the Bay Bridge in California.
Tesla responded to both incidents by reiterating previous comments stating that its autonomous technology is only meant to assist drivers, not replace them.
Tesla says its "autonomous technology" is only meant to "assist"?
2. having autonomy; not subject to control from outside; independent:
3. (of a vehicle) navigated and maneuvered by a computer without a need for human control or intervention under a range of driving situations and conditions:
Then it's not "autonomous".
Had a Fire Fighter or LEO or Paramedic been struck and killed in any of these incidents, what would the fallout be like?
Edit: Just how does a cop go about pulling over an "auto-piloted" car when the driver is unconscious?