Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Tesla Keeps Secrets on Crashes

Last week someone driving a Tesla hit a concrete abutment and died.

Tesla told us that the car was on auto-pilot and the driver did not have his hands on the wheel.

That's what Tesla said, and they're sticking to that story.  And they don't have to worry about other conclusions, either.

When a Tesla Model X slammed into a concrete highway barrier in California last month, the vehicle's computers contained a wealth of information about the moments leading to the fatal accident.

The problem for U.S. accident investigators is that the information wasn't easily accessible. The data stored on the Tesla is in a proprietary format that can only be accessed by the company. Similarly, the information the vehicles beam to Tesla computers on a regular basis can't be obtained without the company's cooperation....

Tesla may well be telling the truth, of course.  

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