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The technology for self-driving cars is not an illusion, but maybe simply just not there yet.

From the article:
The company said its Autopilot feature can keep speed, change lanes and self-park but requires drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, in order to be able to take control and avoid accidents.
People in the cars have to be aware of this. Cars are not "driver-less, but there to help out, right now. If the person was aware of this, then it comes down to driver-error.

Cruise control controls the speed of a car, but it's up to the driver to slow down if something comes in front of the car. This does not appear to be a driver-less car just yet.
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The killer car has struck again. This time it accelerated before impact to crash into a barrier with 71 mph. Again, the company blamed the victim who was killed in the crash.

When I drive a normal car, I can take my hands off the wheel for short periods of time to grab a sandwich or a smartphone, but with the Tesla killing machines you apparently have to tightly grip the steering wheel all the time, to make sure the autopilote won't play tricks on you when you don't pay attention.

What an idiotic invention.

Tesla Model X involved in fatal accident sped up seconds before crash

Published: June 8, 2018 7:38 a.m. ET

Preliminary report also says driver had his hands off the wheel

The Tesla Inc. Model X involved in a fatal crash in Mountain View, Calif. earlier this year sped up in the final seconds before the accident and its driver had his hands off the wheel, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday on a preliminary report on the accident.

The March 23 crash is one of several in recent months to bring Tesla TSLA, +0.00% vehicles and Autopilot, the Silicon Valley car maker’s suite of advanced driver-assistance systems, under close scrutiny from federal regulators and others.

The family of the driver, Walter Huang, said in April that it intended to file a wrongful-death lawsuit against Tesla. The family believes Autopilot was defective and likely caused Huang’s death.

Tesla shares fell 1.1% on Thursday, reversing intraday gains of as much as 3.3%. The shares have lost 14.6% in the past 12 months, compared with a 14% advance for the S&P 500 index. SPX, +0.31%

According to data downloaded from the vehicle, Autopilot was on, including in the minutes immediately before the crash, the NTSB report said.

During the 18-minute, 55-second segment, the car made both visual and auditory alerts to the driver to place his hands on the steering wheel more than 15 minutes prior to the crash, the report said.

In the minute just before the accident, “the driver’s hands were detected on the steering wheel on three separate occasions, for a total of 34 seconds; for the last six seconds prior to the crash, the vehicle did not detect the driver’s hands on the steering wheel,” the NTSB said.

The Model X had been following a lead vehicle a few seconds before the crash, but shortly before the car began a left steering movement and accelerated while following the lead vehicle, the report said.

“At 3 seconds prior to the crash and up to the time of impact with the crash attenuator, the Tesla’s speed increased from 62 to 70.8 mph, with no precrash braking or evasive steering movement detected,” the NTSB said.

The investigation is ongoing, it said. The NTSB is also looking into a fatal Tesla crash last month in Florida, focusing on a battery fire, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a probe into a May crash in Utah involving a Model S on Autopilot.

A Tesla spokesperson pointed to a Tesla’s blog item about the crash and declined to comment further.

Earlier this week, at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, the company’s proposals were approved by wide margins and little dissent was aired.

Shareholders also spurned calls to reject the reelection of three members of the board of directors with close ties to Chief Executive Elon Musk, and to strip Musk of his chairman role.

At the meeting, Musk said that it is “quite likely” Tesla will make good on its goal to produce 5,000 Model 3 sedans by the end of June, that the company will be GAAP profitable and will achieve positive net flow in the second half of the year, and it will not need to tap capital markets to shore up its finances.
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