A new study of the so-called “auto-pilot” of the car manufacturer Tesla casts doubt on the Accident record of the system. A statistician has analyzed data from the national highway traffic safety administration NHTSA and claimed: Indeed, the Installation of the auto-pilot didn’t reduce the number of Accidents, but more than half increased. First, the Tech Portal heise.de had reports about it. The study comes from the firms “Quality Control Systems Corporation” (QCS) in the U.S. state of Maryland. QCS carries for three decades, risk-analysis, which focuses on vehicle safety. The authority had not published the data, apparently quite voluntarily: QCS-chief Randy Whitfield had forced the surrender of court.
airbags are deployed, with Autopilot
to understand why this investigation provides so much eddy, you must go to the year 2017. Tesla chief Elon Musk had claimed against the Backdrop of numerous incidents, including fatal crashes, in January, 2017: the Installation of The function of “car-tar”, such as Tesla’s automated driving system is officially called, have reduced the accident frequency rate by 40 percent. Musk relied on a similar statement by the US traffic safety authority NHTSA. This had investigated the “car-tar”, after there had been numerous incidents. The System can draw, among other things, independently and change the lane. FOCUS Online/Wochit Tesla Update 8.0: The Autopilot has been revised
The most spectacular incident was a fatal Crash in 2016, in the case of a Tesla on Autopilot was a tractor-trailer barreled . The roof of the luxury sedan was shaved off, the driver died. NHTSA spokesman Bryan Thomas said at the time, in the case of the accident, a number of human factors have played a role. The self-propelled apparatus had not been applied as prescribed. Thomas criticized the fact that the self-propelled device will be marketed as “Autopilot”. This could lead a driver to overestimate the efficiency of this function. QCS Tesla’s Autopilot Reduced the accident frequency rate by 40 per cent? This is data from the US traffic safety authority NHTSA. This led to clearly grossly in error
How safe is the “Autopilot” really?
Against this Backdrop, the NHTSA-investigation is significant that Elon Musk called. The NHTSA had put the number of Airbag triggering, though (as serious crashes) in relation to the mileage of the cars before and after the “car-tar”Installation. Investigating the Tesla Model S and X in the model years 2014 to 2016. Result: 40% less accidents with “Autosteer”. The authority itself had, however, rowed back in may of 2018, and stressed that the reduction in the Crash Rate refer to 40 percent on the data that Tesla have made to the number of the Airbag-triggering of its cars. It was only a “superficial comparison”. Further investigations are required. Seen in this way, the NHTSA has taken note of your statement already. Haunts you since then, but still as an “urban legend” through the network, especially when it comes to prove the alleged Superiority of Tesla’s automated driving systems. And, of course, handle Tesla chief Musk the whole as a welcome PR. QCS is An accident-statistician claims: In the case of cars, where Tesla’s Autopilot feature has been installed, has not decreased the frequency of accidents, but 59 percent
accident-risk> increased by a factor of 2.4 higher
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According to the QCS-analysis of the Tesla-provided data also contained obvious errors that should have been evident to the NHTSA immediately. Thousands of vehicles ended up in the statistics, the mileage was stated in the Auosteer-Installation is easy with Zero. At the same time but you have to expect these cars through a number of Airbag triggers without the Autopilot. QCS comes to the conclusion that more than half of all records that may never be included not in the statistics.
FOCUS Online/Wochit is Not a button too much: So awesome just Tesla designed his cars expert doubts statements about Autonomous vehicles
The criticism of the risk-experts Randy Whitfield is moreover less against Tesla, but especially against the US authorities. In connection therewith, as to the safety or Autonomous driving cars is estimated to be automated. “The overriding question is whether the field-of-vehicles-on experience with Autonomous and new assistance systems of the authorities are fairly and transparently evaluated, while this vehicle will be virtually tested in a ‘Beta-Test’ on public roads,” says Whitfield. A large part of the Public have no confidence in Autonomous cars. Whitfields conclusion: “Why should you have the also – given the lack of scientifically reliable, publicly available data?”
Tesla Model 3 for the time being, without Autopilot
the question of The autopilot is also available for the Tesla Model 3 is relevant, which is now in Europe, is sold. Although the car tar is likely to decide, “” barely on the success or failure of the car in Europe; the biggest Plus of the Model 3 to its high electric range and the positive Tesla Image is Yes. However, many customers chose deliberately the 5000 Euro expensive Autopilot Option in their reserved cars. According to information of the “Manager magazine” is disabled, the System but for the in the Netherlands, type-tested to EU models, for the time being, because it still has no marketing authorisation in the EU. Tesla would it still activate in the near future. A request by FOCUS Online at the Federal motor transport authority on this topic, let the authority go unanswered. The five levels of Autonomous driving
The concepts of Autonomous and automated are frequently used synonymously, there are important differences. These are the five levels of Autonomous driving:
- Level 0 : The driver controls the car.
- Level 1: , There are assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control or lane change Warner , which support the driver only. This technique is today widely used to down in the small area.
- Level 2: This is the Level on which modern vehicles of the upper middle class and upper class are already now. the semi-automated systems can take over certain functions, for example track guide, or semi-automated parallel Parking. Models such as the latest Mercedes E-class, Tesla’s Model S and Model X or the BMW 5-series is already familiar to the Level 2. In the case of Tesla were temporarily unlocked even more features, but after a few incidents back to back.
- Level 3: this is The (highly)automated Driving , the driver to intervene at any time can be a must, but also other things, may turn to, if the System is activated. With a pre-warning time, the driver may be asked to take the lead again. As standard, the Level 3, for example, the Audi A8 is developed .
- Level 4: At fully automated Driving can intervene, the driver, if the System fails, however, as a rule, the car should take care of everything. This Level is tested by various car manufacturers and suppliers, as well as Tech companies currently in practice.
- Level 5 : The actual Autonomous Driving no driver is required. You don’t need the steering Wheel more or other controls. The occupant will act to pure pass.
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