First casualty of Artificial Intelligence? Self-driving car kills driver
FLORIDA (Web Desk) – Tesla Motors on Thursday have disclosed the first known death caused by a self-driving car leaving the concept of autopilot cars murky.
According to the details, The accident occurred on a divided highway in central Florida on May 7 when a tractor trailer drove across the highway perpendicular to the Model S. Neither the driver, nor the car noticed the big rig or the trailer “against a brightly lit sky” and brakes were not applied.
The incident left 40-year-old Joshua Brown dead but the driver of the truck remained safe who claimed that the deceased Tesla driver was watching harry Potter at the time of accident.
Moreover, the product architect of tesla Motors, Elon Musk took to Twitter to condole with the family of Brown.
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A Tragic Loss
We learned yesterday evening that NHTSA is opening a preliminary evaluation into the performance of Autopilot during a recent fatal crash that occurred in a Model S. This is the first known fatality…
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Joshua Brown had posted the following the video in April depicting how autopilot feature helped him escape the accident on highway but he was unfortunate to miss the accident in May.
Meanwhile, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating into several aspects of the gruesome incident.