In the wake of the unveiling of Tesla’s new pick up called the Tesla Cybertruck, lawmakers are trying to find ways to slow down Tesla’s desire to make driving Autonomous. Lawmakers are stating that Tesla is allowing drivers to sleep at the wheel. However, Tesla has made strides in order to prevent this from happening. Drivers still find a way around their safety protocols.
With the release of the Tesla Cybertruck, it came with a hilarious video of the Cybertruck’s supposedly “bulletproof glass” shattering in the demo. This video is potentially the least of Tesla’s worries. Lawmakers are narrowing in on their famous “autopilot” feature.
Consequently, they’re claiming that this feature is unsafe and easy to bypass. Upon the video of the glass shattering failure, Tesla has seen multiple videos arise of sleeping drivers in their vehicles.
Without a doubt, sleeping while driving is very dangerous. Especially considering Tesla’s AutoPilot mode is not fully autonomous yet. The vehicle manufacturer has claimed repeatedly a driver still needs to be attentive with hands on the wheel to make a turn or adjustment at any given time. Many people have failed to do this causing multiple car accidents that have resulted in serious injuries and even death.
Tesla Takes Action
Tesla came out with a new feature that forces drivers to have their hands on the wheel at all times. If you don’t the car will pull over and come to a complete stop until the driver cooperates with the protocol.
Now, there are more videos surfacing over Youtube that teach other Tesla owners how to manipulate Tesla’s steering wheel. Drivers can wedge a water bottle, or another item in the steering wheel in order to fool the safety sensors. Essentially, this allows drivers to operate their vehicles without being awake or attentive.
Lawmakers are urging this shutdown of the AutoPilot feature simply to save the individuals that are driving as well as others commuting around them. Being highly dangerous as it is, it would force Tesla to develop a true fully autonomous vehicle and software. Since AutoPilot is one of Tesla’s flagship features, shutting it down would mean trouble for the company.
What Does This Mean For Those Who Don’t Have A Tesla?
An individual that sleeps while driving is considered reckless and dangerous driving. In the event, someone were to be injured by them while they slept, it is certainly easier to prove they were at fault for the accident. Similar to texting and driving, not having your eyes open even would mean you weren’t paying attention. Negligence is then very easy to prove at that point.
Tesla designed AutoPilot with the idea of moving towards fully autonomous electric cars. However, since its inception into the market, it has been abused by consumers. Lawmakers are trying to do what they can to get this dilemma settled. However, there are already laws in place that fight against this sort of driving. Even a sleep-deprived driver who hits someone and kills them can be considered vehicular homicide in some states.
Will Tesla listen to lawmakers and shut down their AutoPilot? It’s highly doubtful that Tesla will do anything in addition to what they have already done for safety protocols. Especially if it meant disabling AutoPilot. They have gone to great lengths to keep AutoPilot on a forward-moving track towards an autonomous future.
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