German Study Calls Tesla Autopilot A Considerable Traffic Hazard

Posted: Oct 11 2016, 10:31am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 11 2016, 10:51pm CDT , in Cars & Vehicles


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German Study Calls Tesla Autopilot A Considerable Traffic Hazard
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  • German Study Defines the Tesla Autopilot Mode as “Hazzard” on Roads

German Study warns Tesla Auto pilot mode is a “considerable traffic hazard”.

A new study was conducted by Germany’s Federal Highway Research Institute. The research was done on the auto-pilot mode of Tesla Model S.

According to the results of study, the Tesla Model S auto-pilot mode is described as a considerable traffic hazard. This report and conclusion was presented by Der Spiegel (via TechCrunch).

The CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk responded to these reports by totally denying the facts that were presented forward.

According to Musk these reports are not based on the scientific research data. He also implied that the Tesla Model S auto-pilot mode is much better and safer than manually driven cars.

The recent crashes that occurred in US while Tesla Model S was driven on auto-pilot led many consumers to believe that this system was not safe. However according to Tesla, the vehicles had driven 130 million miles before one of them was caught in a crash.

The first crash result in a casualty while in the second one, the car received many scratches while it was scathed a parked car.

This record of 130 million miles, however, for sure statistically beats the record of safe manual driving. As according to the US data of highway authorities, there is a fatal crash for every 100 million manually driven miles.

The current German study was conducted after a Tesla Model S crashed on the German Highway. The vehicle while was on auto-pilot mode crashed in to a bus.

The accident did not cause any casualties but a concerned towards this system was raised for sure. When testing was done to ensure the safety level of Tesla auto-pilot mode it was found that it had loads of safety problems.

The vehicle did not follow the road marking and if there were none on the road they simply followed the vehicle in front which can be disastrous.

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