In the United States, all operators of automated vehicle control systems are required to regularly report the results of their operations to NHTSA. This is a federal agency that is responsible for monitoring grain by verifying that the regulations for road safety is well respected by all players in the sector. However, it turns out that a new document just released by the institution reports that a well-known manufacturer saw its cars pinned for causing fatal accidents very recently: Tesla.
The responsibility of the functionality itself Autopilot remain unclear. It happens that humans participate in the last chance control game, being able to take control of the artificial intelligence if necessary. Furthermore, there are still very few people today who manage to market completely driverless solutions to the general public. Waymo, a subsidiary of Google, offers its own smart taxi app across the Atlantic, but it took years to get there.
Which models are involved?
Looking at the names of the cars involved in these fatal accidents, we see that one of them is Model 3 from Tesla, the most popular unit in the group due to its better quality/price ratio than a Model S for example. This version, available from 53,490 euros in France, has five doors and a range of up to more than six hundred kilometers on a single charge to 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds. The improved Autopilot option costs 3,800 euros, changing lanes automatically and parking in the same way.
With this, it is also one Model Y of the same brand that caused a victim. With an endurance of less than 500 km, this model has at least 2,100 liters of cargo capacity and has even achieved five stars in the Euro NCAP safety test. But the test bench will soon be eligible for a major update that could redefine the rules of the game…
No bad surprise in France
At the moment, France is still fairly well protected against such incidents. It is always forbidden to let go of the steering wheel for too long. If the driver is distracted, a vibration urging him to quickly take control.
But the EU gives manufacturers much more leeway, so that member states also make progress in their legislation. No one knows what tomorrow brings.