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Tesla crash: Car flips and injures
five passengers after autopilot
mode ´suddenly accelerates´

Independent [UK], by Mythili Sampathkumar

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 7/17/2017 12:59:46 PM

New York - A Tesla owner is blaming the car´s autopilot feature for "suddenly accelerated" and flipping his vehicle, injuring him and four others. The crash occurred west of the Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota when David Clark engaged the semi-autonomous driving feature in his Tesla electric car on a country road. According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff´s office, Mr Clark´s Tesla was found overturned in a marsh but the injuries were "minor". The "cruise control" option in Teslas use cameras, radars, and an on-board computers to detect lanes, other vehicles, and objects in the road, steering as needed.

The injuries were minor, but the lawsuit will be major.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dvc, 7/17/2017 1:07:03 PM     (No. 11321477)

Autonomous cars are a technology that´s time has not yet come.

This retired engineer and big car buff, is never, ever going to have one, or ride in one.

I spent a career writing, debugging and using complex technical software. I have seen way too many unintended results from software to trust it with my life.

This is insane.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dman, 7/17/2017 1:15:51 PM     (No. 11321492)

Agreed, #1: AI technology has come a long way ..
.. but it ain´t there yet.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dman, 7/17/2017 1:27:36 PM     (No. 11321508)

.. we need to treat "smart" machines the way Reagan treated the Soviets: "trust, but verify".

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mc squared, 7/17/2017 1:51:08 PM     (No. 11321541)

Quote of the day:

Tesla said in a statement following the accident that it has "no reason to believe [the autopilot feature] worked other than as designed."

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 7/17/2017 1:52:41 PM     (No. 11321544)

Sure wish they would hurry up and perfect these, I figure I have about five more years before I´m a danger to the public. Of course, my kids will probably disable the car to keep me from driving.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mickturn, 7/17/2017 3:04:40 PM     (No. 11321647)

Hey Tesla, did you get Bill Gates to write your guidance software? He never did know up from down!

Suggest you have all your executives act as test dummies until this is perfected...it will get fixed MUCH faster!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: schnapps, 7/17/2017 3:11:24 PM     (No. 11321659)

The autopilot feature worked as designed.

"Hey, Honey, touch that Barrel Roll icon and hold on tight!"

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Reply 8 - Posted by: just another nerd, 7/17/2017 5:33:51 PM     (No. 11321810)

Every feature added to cars is just another point of failure at some time in the future.
If the sensors in my car can fail (say an O2 sensor) so that the car will not function why would you trust your life to a computer and it´s sensors? Toyota had a drive by wire acceleration settlement a few years ago, that simple failure caused a lot of death and injury. Power windows are great until they won´t go up and down anymore because a switch failed. Keep it simple stupid.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: dvc, 7/17/2017 6:05:27 PM     (No. 11321850)

#2, a coworker did a good bit of AI research years ago for some engineering applications.

His favorite comment..."I don´t know about this AI sh**. I am afraid that for every unit of artificial intelligence we create there will be two units of artificial stupidity created elsewhere."

Seems like a reasonable fear when you see some of the new products out there.


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