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Monday, August 01, 2016


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Chanson de Roland

Apparently, the brakes worked well enough to come to a stop, and then suddenly failed when the Tesla car should have recognized the Semi-truck and come to or remained at a stop. So this sounds like BS to me, which is nothing but a lawyer's statement to not technically lie in testimony to Congress, which is a federal felony, while avoiding making a statement that would prejudice Tesla in any litigation and/or in the NHTSA's (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's) investigation of the accident.

It all depends on what the meaning of brakes is.


As a non-lawyer and layperson, the engineers' statements before the Senate committee sounded like BS to me, too, especially given the Autopilot feature description on Tesla's site (which I included in my July 5th blog post):

"Autopilot allows Model S to steer within a lane, change lanes with the simple tap of a turn signal, and manage speed by using active, traffic-aware cruise control. Digital control of motors, brakes, and steering helps avoid collisions from the front and sides, and prevents the car from wandering off the road. Autopilot also enables your car to scan for a parking space and parallel park on command..."

A car can't parallel park without using its brakes. If Autopilot doesn't use the car's breaks, then they should have named the feature Autosteer.



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