Tesla Model S Crashes Into Van While On Autopilot – Is It Safe? (VIDEO)
A Tesla Model S driver crashed into a van parked on the side of the road while the car was engaged in Autopilot.
YouTube user Chris Thomann, who uploaded the dashcam video, claims that his car was using TACC (or Traffic Aware Cruise Control) which did not engage as the Tesla approached the van.
He said that he saw it coming, but trusted the system to work. Unfortunately, the collision avoidance system (AEB) did not make an emergency brake and the collision warning came too late.
Interesting enough, the Tesla manual specifically has a warning for the kind of situation in the video (via Electrek):
Warning: Traffic-Aware Cruise Control can not detect all objects and may not brake/decelerate for stationary vehicles, especially in situations when you are driving over 50 mph (80 km/h) and a vehicle you are following moves out of your driving path and a stationary vehicle or object, bicycle, or pedestrian is in front of you instead. Always pay attention to the road ahead and stay prepared to take immediate corrective action. Depending on Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to avoid a collision can result in serious injury or death. In addition, Traffic-Aware Cruise Control may react to vehicles or objects that either do not exist or are not in the lane of travel, causing Model S to slow down unnecessarily or inappropriately.
Press play to watch the video below.
I think people are trusting the Autopilot too much. Some drivers are already falling asleep on the wheel while Autopilot is engaged.
Please be safe Tesla drivers!