Is Tesla wrong to blame Model X driver for his own death? | Gaywheels
On March 23, 38-year-old Walter Huang was killed in a one-car collision when his vehicle hit a highway safety barrier in Mountain View, California. Ordinarily, that wouldn't be front-page news. The sad fact is that nearly 100 people die every day on U.S. roads, including drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians. What makes this accident different is that Huang was driving a Tesla Model X with Autopilot engaged. The problem with Autopilot Since Autopilot software debuted in October 2014, Tesla has walked a fine line in marketing it. On the one hand, the company has played up Autopilot's gee-whiz, high-tech self-driving features. On the other, it's had to caution drivers that the system isn't fully autonomous and requires them to keep their hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road--something that some Autopilot users have seemed reluctant to do. Critics of the system grew much more vocal after learning of the first fatality officially linked to Autopilot in May 2016.