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Germany’s Federal Highway Research Institute Gives Tesla Autopilot System Low Marks in Certain Road Conditions


A group of German vehicle engineers has raised questions about the “autopilot” feature of Tesla vehicles. The study comes in the wake of multiple collisions allegedly caused by the semi-autonomous vehicle. During testing, the Model S struggled to follow lane markings in construction zones, failed to note lines used to indicate a change in route on German roads instead following white lines located under yellow lines. The report concludes that the system struggles with many road features posing a significant risk of accidents and injuries.

This report reinforces concerns about the recent tragic death of the occupant of a Tesla S. The vehicle’s computer vision-based vehicle detection system apparently did not detect a large street cleaning truck in the intersection as an obstacle, so the brakes were not applied to stop the Tesla before it entered the intersection.

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