Friday, July 1, 2016

First fatal case of auto-driving car

A tragedy having been afraid but expected occurred. A self-driving car provided by Tesla Motors made a crash, leading to the death of the driver on June 30th, 2016.

It happened in the US. According to the report by Tesla, the car's sensor failed to recognize a white truck trailer. It seemed to have been missed in the bright sky. The car ran out to the trailer, to be crashed.  

The Guardian: Tesla driver dies in first fatal crash while using autopilot mode

Tesla Motors expressed a great regret for the victim. But it also emphasizes the safety of autonomous driving, referring that autopilot death may occur every in 130 million miles, whereas human causes fatal accidents every in 94 million miles.

This statement may be true. I believe auto-driving car is safer than manual driving even at present. However, I guess some people cannot accept this fact. They trust their own technique too much, or they are not willing to rely on the machine in controlling their lives. These thoughts are also understandable.

Anyway, traffic accident is not avoidable as long as we use vehicle. Tesla is expected to get along with the counterstrike of people who do not trust self-driving cars.

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