Autonmous Cars

Sam Abuelsamid: On AutoPilot

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1789

Sam joins Leo to talk about another Tesla that crashed due to overreliance on Tesla's autopilot. Two people died. The facts of the accident are that both people climbed into the back seat while the car was navigating itself. With no one to take control when the autopilot failed, the car went off the road while going around a curve, hit a tree, and caught fire. Sam says that in spite of the hype, there is no car with a so-called autopilot feature, that is truly self-driving.

Sam Abuelsamid and the NTSB Tesla Report

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1674

Sam joins Leo to talk about the upcoming final report about a Tesla Autopilot crash that killed its driver.  Tesla blamed the driver, an employee, and there is evidence he was playing a game on his phone and not paying attention. The NTSB agreed but said there was plenty of blame to go around. The NTSB said that Tesla shares part of the blame because the automaker did not incorporate active driver monitor systems that they recommended after the last fatal crash.