Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Another Autopilot Crash Highlights the Limitations of Driver-Assist Systems

Another Autopilot Crash Highlights the Limitations of Driver-Assist Systems

On Twitter, co-founder Elon Musk said it was "super messed up" that the incident was garnering public attention, while thousands of accidents involving traditional automobiles "get nearly no coverage".

While Tesla management believes the Model 3's margin falling below the company's 25 per cent target will prove to be temporary, Jonas said the headwinds are more structural. He slashed his price target due to troubles in the electric auto maker's production process for the wallet-friendly Model 3, which has experienced production delays.


The comment from Musk has come in response to an article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) which claimed that Tesla Motors rejected the addition of eye-tracking technology to Autopilot because of cost reasons.

Police said on Monday that the driver, who suffered a broken ankle, said she had been using Autopilot before the crash. What remains unclear, however, is whether or not Tesla will be able to ramp up production in a timely manner as to prevent reservation holders from asking for a refund and simply picking up a vehicle elsewhere. The driver of the Unified fire fix vehicle was checked for injuries related to whiplash but was not taken to the hospital. CEO Elon Musk has publicly derided reporting on the incident as unfair, pointing out how many people are killed in crashes while driving traditional cars.


The National Transportation Safety Board said it was not investigating the Utah crash. This is the first time that Jonas has dropped his target below Tesla's current trading price in months, according to Business Insider.

The 48-year-old died when his Tesla caught fire after he slammed into a crash barrier on the A2 motorway in southern Ticino. The agency has said it does not expect the semi-autonomous system to be a focus of that investigation.


In April, Musk was asked by "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King, "what's the objective of having autopilot if you still have to put your hands on the wheel?" A driver was behind the wheel of the test vehicle in that case but failed to halt in time. The NTSB had yet to announce whether they will be looking into the Utah crash. "And (the Tesla driver) could be facing a citation for failing to maintain control of her vehicle".

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