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NTSB: Tesla in fatal crash was speeding with Autopilot on

Lucas Mearian | July 27, 2016
The Tesla’s Autosteer lane-keeping assistance and traffic-aware cruise control system was engaged

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requested additional data from Tesla regarding Autopilot, including any design changes and updates to the system and detailed logs of when the system has prompted drivers to take over steering.

While Tesla's Autopilot ADAS uses cameras and radar, the carmaker hasn’t yet embraced LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology, which uses lasers to create 3D scans of objects around a vehicle.

Currently, Tesla's radar only ranges the distance to objects, but it cannot necessarily determine that those objects are.

Consumer Reports, whose past reviews showered Tesla's all-electric vehicles with praise, has called on the all-electric carmaker to disable its semi-autonomous driving system in light of the accidents and rethink the technology.

 

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