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A driver blames Tesla’s Autopilot gadget of a slow reaction time that made his electric car rear-end another vehicle.

The technological offensive in the automotive industry has given headaches to certain drivers, both literally and figuratively. Just a few days back, there were some reports about a Tesla Model S owner from Utah who claimed the car’s Summon feature forced the vehicle right into the back of a trailer. The company swiftly responded to such accusations, blaming back the driver of improper use of the system. Now, a new crash has been reported, as another Model S rear-ended a vehicle on a motorway in California while the Autopilot was engaged.

The driver, Arianna Simpson, said the forward-collision-avoidance system failed to react in time, forcing her to hit the brakes too late, thus ending up in the back of the vehicle in front at about 40 miles per hour. Tesla has promptly responded once again, claiming that the crash was caused by Simpson, as she canceled the feature the moment she applied the brakes and took the wheel. Therefore, do not ever brake or steer while you are driving a Tesla.

“Autopilot is by far the most advanced such system on the road, but it does not turn a Tesla into an autonomous vehicle and does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility,” the electric car maker told to Autoblog.

Via Autoblog / Ars Technica

  • Hauerg

    I am afraid that the US market is the worst test market for semiautonomous driving. The drivers need to be responsible and alert, and if I can think of a market that does not produce that kind of license holders, this is the one.
    And zillions of lawyers too.