Tesla has been trying to offer multiple advanced features for its vehicles, although most are far from perfect. In fact, the much-hyped Autopilot feature may not entirely be what it seems. Back in 2018, there was a controversial Tesla Model X crash that claimed the life of Mr. Walter Huang. And it appears the latest finding from the tragedy suggests that there were some misinterpretations on the Autopilot feature.
In a most recent report from Bloomberg, it turns out that, a similar situation had already occurred prior to the fiery crash. It appears the vehicle had done the same several days before, veering towards the highway divider on a handful of several occasions.
Additionally, it appears that Huang had already noticed and complained about the Tesla vehicle's tendency to veer towards the highway barrier. He even tried to show it to his wife, Sevonne, but it never happened when both were on the go. She also added that it was the same barrier that claimed the life of her husband, BGR.com reported.
As far as the Tesla Autopilot feature is concerned, the company issues a statement about it. It said to ABC News back in 2018 that the feature makes Tesla an autonomous car. Hence, a driver remains in control and is responsible for navigating and controlling it on the road. The Autopilot is a driver assistance system that requires the driver to pay attention to the road at all times, and it has been found by NHTSA to reduce accident rates by 40%.
As far as the Tesla Model X 2018 mishap is concerned, there are some things worth pondering. One is that if there was a time (reportedly five seconds or 150 meters ) for the vehicle to stop, why did the car not take some pre-emptive defensive measure?
On the part of the driver, if Huang was indeed attentive, then why was he unable to take control and avoid the barriers? There were assumptions that Huang may have been busy with something like perhaps playing games on his phone before the accident. But it seems pretty clear that he was confident that Tesla would be able to work independently and bring him to his point of destination without worry.
Looking ahead, Tesla may want to continue to reiterate that the Autopilot does not mean a car can cruise on its own. There are self-driving cars in the mix, but these are apparently still a long way off from being seen.