WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first U.S. fatality using self-driving technology took place in May when the driver of a Tesla S sports car operating the vehicle's "Autopilot" automated driving system died after a collision with a truck in Florida, federal officials said Thursday.Since I used to write software for a living, I am disinclined to trust several hundred thousand lines of Java or C++ to make the right decision on something this hard.
The government is investigating the design and performance of Tesla's system.
Preliminary reports indicate the crash occurred when a tractor-trailer rig made a left turn in front of the Tesla at an intersection of a divided highway where there was no traffic light, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The Tesla driver died due to injuries sustained in the crash, which took place May 7 in Williston, Florida, the agency said. The city is southwest of Gainesville.
Tesla said on its website that neither the driver nor the Autopilot noticed the white side of the trailer, which was perpendicular to the Model S, against the brightly lit sky, and neither applied the brakes.
"The high ride height of the trailer combined with its positioning across the road and the extremely rare circumstances of the impact caused the Model S to pass under the trailer," the company said. The windshield of the Model S collided with the bottom of the trailer.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
I'm Reminded of A Mean Joke
An Israeli with whom I worked claimed that he knew someone when he was in the IDF, who while driving a half-track across the Sinai, set it on cruise control, went into the back and was surprised by an accident. I have heard the same story about an Iranian college student in the U.S. in a van going back to make a sandwich. Not sure I find either believable: how stupid are people? They elected the 0 twice. Self-driving automobiles. 6/30/16 Yahoo News: