Tesla Model 3 New Features and Consumer Report’s Approval: See Latest Tesla Crash in Calif. + 5 Other Epic Incidents with Autopilot Mode

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Elon Musk promises Model 3 will get some new features in the coming months and received Consumer Reports recommendation after software update promised by Elon Musk improves braking performance. However, these news come just after the crash in California, with autonomous mode involved. 

Nexter.org gathered all other crashes due to Autopilot. 

New improvements

’s Model 3 has received Consumer Reports’ recommendation after a software update fixed braking flaws found on the first test. As a result, shares rose more than 3% in trading Wednesday following the updated test.

Consumer Reports, a US non-profit product testing organization, couldn’t recommend the ’s Model 3 when it reviewed the carearlier this month. Test drivers praised the car’s speed and range, but braking distances were subpar, which the magazine said were “far worse than any contemporary car we’ve tested.” While most luxury compact sedans decelerate from 60-0 mph in 131 ft., the magazine’s two ’s Model 3s needed 152 ft. to stop, which is even more than some pickup trucks need.

On May 30, the magazine announced that the car’s braking distance improved by about 20 ft. after wirelessly updated the software for the Model 3. It’s now recommending the car. “I’ve never seen a car that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update,” Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, said.

Also Elon Musk promises Model 3 will get some new features in the coming months. He confirmed that  Model 3 occupants will be able to control music and the rear-seat climate with the app, get sonic blind-spot notifications, and receive an improved user interface.

Musk said on Twitter that the features would arrive in the next few months.

List of Autopilot crashes

Despite car is still one of the most popular vehicles everybody wants, many questions about its autopilot function safety remain unanswered.

Elon Musk regularly warns that Autopilot should not be viewed as a fully autonomous feature, many people want to buy this car and try out hands-free mode.

’s Autopilot is facing a class action suit that claims the second-generation Enhanced Autopilot system is “dangerously defective.” Here are all crashes involving autopilot driving.

Handan, China (January 20, 2016)

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Source: CCTV+/YouTube

On January 20, 2016, the driver of a Model S in Handan, China was killed when their car crashed into a stationary truck.The was following a car in the far left lane of a multi-lane highway; the car in front moved to the right lane to avoid a truck stopped on the left shoulder, and the , which the driver’s father believes was in Autopilot mode, did not slow before colliding with the stopped truck.

According to footage captured by a dashboard camera, the stationary street sweeper on the left side of the expressway partially extended into the far left lane, and the driver did not appear to respond to the unexpected obstacle.

The family’s lawyer stated the suit was intended “to let the public know that self-driving technology has some defects. We are hoping , when marketing its products, will be more cautious. Don’t just use self-driving as a selling point for young people.”

Williston, Florida (May 7, 2016)

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Source: Florida Highway Patrol investigators

The first known fatal accident involving a engaged in Autopilot mode took place in Williston, Florida, on May 7, 2016. The driver was killed in a crash with a 18-wheel tractor-trailer.

According to the NHTSA, preliminary reports indicate the crash occurred when the tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the at an intersection on a non-controlled access highway, and the car failed to apply the brakes. The car continued to travel after passing under the truck’s trailer.

According to , “neither autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor-trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied.” The car attempted to drive full speed under the trailer, “with the bottom of the trailer impacting the windshield of the Model S.”

also stated that this was ’s first known Autopilot-related death in over 130 million miles (208 million km) driven by its customers while Autopilot was activated.

Culver City, California (January 22, 2018)

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Source: Culver City Firefighters

On January 22, 2018, a Model S crashed into a fire truck parked on the side of the I-405 freeway in Culver City, California while traveling at a speed exceeding 50 mph (80 km/h) and the driver survived. The driver said he was using Autopilot, according to the Culver City Fire Department, which reported the crash over Twitter at approximately 8:30 A.M. The fire truck and a California Highway Patrol vehicle were parked in the left emergency lane and carpool lane of the southbound 405, blocking off the scene of an earlier accident, with emergency lights flashing.

Mountain View, California (March 23, 2018)

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Source: KTVU via AP

On March 23, 2018, a second US Autopilot fatality occurred in Mountain View, California.

The crash occurred just before 9:30 A.M. on southbound US 101 at the carpool lane exit for southbound Highway 85, at a concrete barrier where the left-hand offramp separates from 101. After the Model X crashed into the narrow concrete barrier, it was struck again by two following vehicles, and then it caught on fire.

Another driver of a Model S demonstrated that Autopilot appeared to be confused by the road stripes in April 2018. The gore ahead of the barrier is marked by diverging solid white lines (a vee-shape); the Autosteer feature of the Model S appeared to mistakenly use the left-side white line instead of the right-side white line as the lane marking for the far left lane, which would have led the Model S into the same concrete barrier had the driver not taken control.

South Jordan, Utah (May 11, 2018)

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Source: South Jordan Police Department via AP

On May 11, 2018, a Model S with Autopilot engaged crashed into the rear of a fire truck that was stopped at a red light in South Jordan, Utah. The was moving at an estimated 60 mi/h (97 km/h) and did not appear to brake or attempt to avoid the impact, according to witnesses. The driver of the , who survived the impact with a broken foot, admitted she was looking at her phone before the crash.

Laguna Beach, California (May 29, 2018)

A car operating in “autopilot” mode crashed into a stationary police car in Laguna Beach, California, leaving the driver injured and the patrol vehicle “totalled”, according to an official.

Sgt Jim Cota, the public information officer for the Laguna Beach police department, tweeted photos of the accident, which was reported at 11.07am on Tuesday. The driver of the , who suffered minor lacerations to the face from his glasses, told police officers the  was in the semi-autonomous mode.


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Tesla Model 3 New Features Consumer Reports Uprove: See Latest Tesla Crash in California + 5 Other Epic Tesla Incidents That Inlvolved Autopilot Mode
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Tesla Model 3 New Features Consumer Reports Uprove: See Latest Tesla Crash in California + 5 Other Epic Tesla Incidents That Inlvolved Autopilot Mode
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Elon Musk promises Tesla Model 3 will get some new features in the coming months and received Consumer Reports recommendation after software update promised by Elon Musk improves braking performance. However, these news come just after the crash in California, with autonomous mode involved.  Nexter.org gathered all other Tesla crashes due to Autopilot. 
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