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Tesla: Autopilot fix 'could have prevented crash'

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 01:04

Tesla chief Elon Musk says new Autopilot fixes would probably have prevented May's fatal crash involving its semi-autonomous driving system. Paul Chapman reports.

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Tesla's Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system's been in the spotlight since a fatal accident in May. A Tesla Model S equipped with the technology collided with a truck in Florida. Now Tesla's Chief Executive Elon Musk says its new fixes would probably have prevented the crash. Now it'll sound a warning if drivers take their hands off the wheel for more than a minute above 72 kilometres an hour with no vehicle in front of them. It'll do the same if motorists drive hands-free for more than three minutes above that speed behind another vehicle. The system will shut off until it's parked if the driver ignores three warnings in an hour. The move is nod to fears that Autopilot's hands-off driving lulls motorists into a false sense of security. He said the updates also give the vehicle a better sense of what's around it and when to brake. While Musk says the improvements might well have prevented May's fatal crash, he's warning it still won't mean perfect safety.

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Tesla: Autopilot fix 'could have prevented crash'

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 01:04