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Tesla to Improve the Autopilot System

After recent fatal car crash, Tesla’s Elon Musk promises significant improvements to its autopilot system. Not long ago, a driver of company’s Model S has died after the autopilot feature failed to work properly.

Presently, the federal safety regulators are investigating this deadly crash. Prior to the accident, some experts cautioned drivers, claiming that they may not be able to retake the wheel on time once a warning is given. And it looks, the system can get confused.

A separate Stanford study has concluded that a two-second warning is not enough time to safely retake the car and steer it from danger. Although Tesla’s cars have an auto-braking system installed, it didn’t function properly during the fatal crash.

Per CNN Money, Tesla has also admitted that there was a second autopilot accident in Montana. It involved Model X, but hasn’t resulted in injuries. In that case, Tesla claims, the car gave a warning to a driver to put his hands on the wheel shortly before the crash. However, this driver denied that a warning had been given.

There’s also a report of another Tesla crash in Pennsylvania. But, Tesla denies the car was running on the autopilot. After the crashes, Consumer Reports urged Tesla to disable this self-driving feature. However, Mr. Musk says he has no intention of doing so since the customers want this feature on.