Tesla is the leader in self-driving technology, but it's still only semi-automatic. And sadly, 2 men have died in a tragic accident after reports confirm the car was driverless.
Elon Musk's tweet just hours before the fatal crash has certainly captured attention, for all the wrong reasons.
Just days after the Tesla crash that killed 2 people in Texas...
It has been confirmed that the system's autopilot feature could have been responsible.
It's likely that Autopilot will soon be so reliable that driving will be completely hands-free.
But after recent events, it looks like that could cause more harm than good.
According to Business Insider, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, recently said:
"I think it will become very quickly — maybe even towards the end of this year, but I would say I'd be shocked if it's not next year, at the latest — that having a human intervene will decrease safety."
Tesla's Autopilot is quickly becoming more powerful.
Musk believes that Tesla is way ahead of its competitors when it comes to its goal of making Autopilot fully independent.
"I could be wrong, but it appears to be the case that Tesla is vastly ahead of everyone," he said.
via: GettyAnd it's just one of several bold predictions the CEO has for his company and its Autopilot system.
In February, he told ARK Invest that Tesla might even go completely hands-free by the end of this year.
via: ShutterstockDon't get excited yet, though. Musk is known for making predictions that turn out to take longer than anticipated.
He said in 2015 that hands-free Autopilot would be available in about 2 years. (Still waiting...)
He's also missed several deadlines to release a self-driving car in the US.
However, Tesla is still the leader in semi-autonomous technology.
via: Shutterstock"The system can control steering, acceleration, and braking in some environments with driver supervision," Business Insider says.
Last year, Autopilot was given the highest rating for "capability, performance, and ease-of-use" when compared to 3 other driver-assistance systems.
via: ShutterstockBut it also got the lowest rating for "keeping drivers engaged." This particular issue has been a major factor in several fatal accidents.
No wonder, then, that some experts doubt that Tesla will be able to turn a semi-Autopilot into a fully autonomous system.
But even if we do have full Autopilot soon, it doesn't mean we'll use it wisely.
Tesla with Autopilot engaged now approaching 10 times lower chance of accident than average vehicle https://t.co/6lGy52wVhC— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 17, 2021
As it turns out, the Tesla crash that killed 2 people in Texas was most likely the result of the Autopilot feature failing, as there was no one behind the wheel.
And it's left people shocked as to why anyone would trust the feature...
Evidence captured after the Saturday night crash led authorities to believe the men weren't behind the wheel of the vehicle...
According to reports, it failed to navigate a turn before running off the road, hitting a tree, and setting alight.
According to Mark Herman, the Harris County Precinct 4 constable...
One of the men was in the front passenger seat and the other was in the rear seat when the car went off course.
Law enforcement is working on the assumption that the car was in autopilot mode...
They are also in contact with Tesla honchos to figure out what went wrong.
The men, ages fifty-nine and sixty-nine, were with their wives minutes before the crash.
DEADLY “driverless” Tesla crash in Texas— ivan (@ivan8848) April 19, 2021
Two passengers have been killed after a Tesla vehicle misjudged a corner at speed in Houston.
The auto giant is preparing to launch full self-driving software, despite 27 incidents under investigation in March this year alone. pic.twitter.com/nOYBCV1192
They told them they were planning on using the driver-assistance feature.
Just hours before the accident, Elon Musk tweeted about the Autopilot feature having a 10 times lower chance of causing an accident.
Tesla crash update: https://t.co/MCoC9j3G7W— JC Finance & Investing📈📊 (@JC_finance) April 19, 2021
This is a developing story, stay tuned for updates...