The design of Tesla's Autopilot feature contributed to a January 2018 accident in which a Model S sedan smashed into the back of a fire truck in Southern California, according to federal safety investigators. It is the second time the National Transportation Safety Board has found Tesla partially responsible for a crash involving the semiautomated feature. The federal board says it's also investigating two other Autopilot-involved crashes. No one was hurt in the 2018 crash, but investigators found that the driver had flipped on Autopilot about 14 minutes before the crash and had not actively steered for the final 13 minutes. Investigators said the driver's inattention and overreliance on Autopilot were probable causes of the crash.
Microsoft took the wraps off its Windows AutoPilot service for setting up, resetting and recovering devices last summer. This week, Lenovo provided an update on its implementation plans for Windows AutoPilot. At its Ignite conference in September, Microsoft officials said that starting in January 2018, Lenovo and HP would begin offering customers Windows AutoPilot. In an April 17 blog post, Lenovo officials said they're now testing Windows AutoPilot with select early-adopter customers. General availability for its large enterprise users will happen "in the coming months," they said.
Tesla introduced the first Autopilot hardware suite, a front-facing camera, a front-facing radar, and 360 ultrasonic sensor in September 2014. A year later, in October 2015, Tesla released the first'Autopilot update' (v7.0) to introduce features like Autosteer and Autopark. The next generation Autopilot will feature new hardware on which Tesla will incrementally push new features through over-the-air software updates. The new sensor suite will enable level 3 autonomous driving and potentially level 4 fully autonomous driving in a not too distant future. We now have some concrete information on Tesla's second generation Autopilot hardware and it is coming sooner than you might think… Sources with knowledge of the Autopilot program told us that the new suite will keep the current front-facing radar and add more around the car, likely one in each corner.
In May, a Tesla S car in Autopilot mode tragically crashed, killing the car's driver, after it failed to recognise a white trailer in its path. The devastating event led people to question the safety of autonomous feature, and whether someone could sabotage a self-driving vehicle. Researchers have now used off-the-shelf materials to trick a Tesla car's Autopilot sensors, showing just how easy it is to hack the technology into missing objects in its path. By infiltrating all three, the researchers found that only the radar attacks have the potential to cause a high-speed collision. The researchers jammed the radio signals used by the Tesla car's radar sensor, which is located under the front grill, and showed that this caused a car in its path to'disappear'.
Autopilot, Tesla's semi-autonomous driving system, has crashed again. A Tesla Model X crashed in Montana Saturday morning while in Autopilot mode, according to CNNMoney. The driver, identified only by his last name, Pang, was driving in the middle of the night at or just above the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit on a canyon road without a defined shoulder. SEE ALSO: Tesla is the only carmaker beta testing'autopilot' tech, and that's a problem Those are obviously less-than-ideal conditions for safe Autopilot operation, and Pang is said to have been driving without his hands on the wheel. The car went off the side of the road and ran into a series of wooden posts along the side of the road.