Role played by Cameras and Radar in Crash Being Investigated By Tesla

Role Cameras and Radar Played In Crash Being Investigated By Tesla

A meeting was held between Tesla engineers and a Senate committee on Thursday, during which the former informed the committee that the role cameras and radar played during the crash of a Model S that led to the death of the driver is being investigated by the engineers of the premium electric vehicle manufacturer. This information was revealed by two people familiar with the meeting.

The sources revealed that two primary theories are being put forward by the engineers. The first possibility suggests the failure of the vehicle’s cameras and radar to identify a crossing trailer. The second possibility is that the rig was out of the vision of the cameras and the vehicle’s computer ascertained that the radar gave out wrong signal, probably due to an overpass or sign.

These possibilities were put forward to the staff members of US Senate Commerce Committee during the meeting that lasted for an hour, revealed the unidentified sources, since the meeting was private. Senator John Thune, R-S.D., the Chairman of the Committee, requested for the meeting. Transportation is administered by the Senator’s committee and he is likely to organize a hearing in future over self-driving technology.

The accident of the Model S entailed the driver Joshua Brown of Canton, Ohio, losing his life after the sedan crashed with the side of a tractor-trailer. At the time of the crash, the car was being driver at a speed of none mph more than the speed limit on a highway near Gainesville, Florida, according to federal accident investigators.

The accident occurred on May 7, 2016 and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Autopilot system of the car was engaged. 40-year-old Brown was the owner of a tech company and was using automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping features of the car at the time of crash, a National Transportation Safety Board report revealed.


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