The Ohio man who died while using the “Autopilot” feature on his Tesla electric car posted video of the same feature helping him avoid another accident a month before his death.
Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, died from injuries he sustained when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of his 2015 Tesla on a highway near Williston, Fla., in May.
Just a month before the fatal accident, Brown posted a video on YouTube of his car using the same "Autopilot" feature to swerve and avoid a side collision.
Brown praised “Tessy’s” "Autopilot" feature for swerving as a truck tried to cut him off on an exit ramp.
“I actually wasn't watching that direction and Tessy (the name of my car) was on duty with Autopilot engaged,” he said. “I became aware of the danger when Tessy alerted me with the "immediately take over" warning chime and the car swerving to the right to avoid the side collision.
Brown wrote that he purchased the vehicle in mid-July of 2015, and was very “impressed” with the car and auto feature.
The “Autopilot” system is designed to allow Teslas to cruise along highways without drivers having to steer, brake or accelerate. The car is supposed to stay in its lane and stop suddenly if traffic ahead comes to a halt.
Frank Baressi, 62, the man driving the truck that Brown’s car collided with, said that that Brown was “playing Harry Potter on the TV screen” at the time of the crash.
WOW. Can you say a “who is at fault here?” nightmare? The driver of the tractor-trailer? Brown for watching Harry Potter? Tesla?
Does the system designed and installed by Tesla entice people to use it, and thus divert attention from the roadway?
Driver-less cars are becoming the rage, and more the norm. Does this bother you? When an accident occurs, who should be held at fault? Everyone??
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