Tesla’s autopilot has been “fooled” to work without a driver

The autopilot feature of Tesla vehicles can be fooled into operating without a driver. Influential consumer magazine Found in the United States.

Consumer Reports engineers investigated the claim that the autopilot could operate without the presence of a driver.

They tested Model Y on a closed track and concluded that the system could be “easily fooled.”

A few days after the deadly Tesla crash in Texas. Police believe that there is no one in the driver’s seat.

Tesla’s Autopilot is an advanced driver assistance system that Tesla says “enhances safety and convenience behind the steering wheel.”

“Clearly insufficient”

The Consumer Reports team said it was successful in tricking the car into driving a test track with no one in the driver’s seat.

“In our assessment, not only did the system not confirm that the driver was paying attention, but we also didn’t know if there was a driver there,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ automated test director. Says.

“When I found out how easy it was to beat a safeguard, it was a little scary. It turned out to be clearly inadequate.”

According to Tesla’s website, the autopilot system requires a “fully careful driver” and using the system does not make the car autonomous.

Safety requirements for autopilot mode include keeping the driver’s hand on the steering wheel, fastening the seat belt, and not opening the door.

Crash investigation

Saturday, Two men killed after Tesla’s car crashed I put it in a tree and it caught fire in Texas.

Victims were found in the passenger and back seats, and police made them believe that there was no one in the driver’s seat.

However, Tesla boss Elon Musk said, “Data logs collected so far indicate that autopilot is not enabled.”

“In addition, the standard autopilot had to turn on lanes that weren’t on this street,” Musk tweeted.

On Thursday, two Democratic senators sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asking them to investigate a fatal Tesla accident in Texas.

Senators Blumenthol and Marquee also requested a report outlining how to prevent future accidents.

NHTSA has begun investigating 28 collisions involving Tesla vehicles.

Tesla has not responded to the BBC’s request for comment.

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