CNN ran a story recently centered around Tesla’s first reported death of a driver using its autopilot feature. The story revealed that some Tesla employees were worried that the car company wasn’t taking every precaution possible.
Those building autopilot were very aware that any shortcoming or unforeseen flaw could lead to injury or death – whether it be blind spots with the car’s sensors or drivers misusing the technology.
But Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk believes that autopilot has the potential to save lives by reducing human error – and has pushed hard to get the feature to market.
The autopilot team was particularly hard hit by the news of the fatal crash. A source close to Tesla called it “very, very difficult” for those employees. They held a team meeting to talk about the crash.
Then they went back to work, brainstorming new radar functionality for the cars with the hope of preventing a similar accident.
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