wanted to eliminate during the company’s latest earnings call. In September 2016, the chief executive officer announced
would upgrade Autopilot by enhancing use of radar. Musk told reporters at the time that he believed the improvement would have prevented a crash that occurred months earlier involving a Model S operating on Autopilot with sensors that failed to detect a tractor trailer before a fatal collision involving a former Navy SEAL.
Tesla’s new approach is likely to add to controversy that has surrounded Autopilot for years. While the company said later in 2016 that all its cars from then on would be equipped with the hardware needed to eventually offer full self-driving capability, Tesla continues to tell its customers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The carmaker has been criticised for still branding a suite of features as “Full Self-Driving Capability” and charging thousands of dollars for the package.
trying to develop autonomous vehicles, including Alphabet Inc’s Waymo and General Motors Co.-backed Cruise, which have emphasise using redundant sensors in case some fail.
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