Setbacks to Autonomous Vehicle Programs

A swarm of GM Cruise Robotaxis brought traffic to a halt in San Francisco, June 29, 2022
Setbacks To Autonomous Vehicle Programs

July 14, 2022
Another fatal crash has raised new concerns about the safety of Tesla’s Autopilot system — but that’s just part of the troubles facing the automaker, as the head of its autonomous driving program announces his departure.
Another Tesla fatal crash raises concerns about Autopilot, July 6, 2022 Florida

Autopilot failure could be responsible for a crash in Florida on July 6 that resulted in 2 deaths.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2015 Tesla Model S veered off I-75 and into a highway rest area. “For unknown reasons, the Tesla traveled into a parking lot toward a tractor-trailer. The Tesla struck the rear of the tractor-trailer, where it came to a final rest,” a preliminary report by authorities states. It adds that both occupants, a 66-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man, were pronounced dead on the scene.

Tesla isn’t the only one struggling to get its self-driving technology to deliver as promised:
  • GM's Cruise subsidiary has been blamed for traffic tie-ups in San Francisco
  • Apple’s driverless prototype almost hit a jogger crossing the street
GM Cruise Robotaxis in San Francisco
Earlier this month, a swarm of those robotaxis simultaneously malfunctioned at a downtown location, some reports suggesting they lost their connection to Cruise’s cloud-based operating system. They brought traffic to a complete halt at the intersection of Gough and Fulton streets for several hours. They only began moving again when Cruise engineers went to the scene and fiddled with their programming.
Apple's prototype nearly hit a jogger crossing the street earlier this year
While testing Apple's driverless prototype, an incident occurred earlier this year with a jogger who was crossing the street. Instead of stopping to let the pedestrian cross, the vehicle “only slightly adjusted its path,” requiring its backup driver to slam the brakes to avoid a collision. Apple concluded that the car likely would’ve struck the jogger if not for the human driver intervening.
Tesla's Autopilot has been in 37 accidents subject to Federal investigations
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