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Tesla must fix ‘flaws’ in Autopilot after fatal crash: US consumer group

WASHINGTON: A consumer advocacy group on Friday urged Tesla to fix what it termed as “flaws” in the automaker’s driver-assistance system Autopilot after a preliminary government report said a driver did not have his hands on the vehicle’s steering wheel in the final six seconds before a fatal crash. The report issued on Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Walter Huang, the driver of the 2017 Model X using Autopilot, had been given two visual alerts and one auditory alert to place his hands on…

Google ditched autopilot driving feature after test user napped behind wheel

ATWATER, USA: Alphabet’s self-driving car unit stopped developing features that required drivers to take control in dangerous situations, its chief executive said on Monday, as autopilot reliance left users prone to distractions and ill-prepared to manoeuvre. The decision followed experiments of the technology in Silicon Valley that showed test users napping, putting on makeup and fiddling with their phones as the vehicles travelled up to 56 mph. John Krafcik, the head of Waymo, which was formed in 2009 as a project…

Dutch regulator says Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ name a concern

BERLIN: The Dutch agency that approved electric carmaker Tesla's "Autopilot" driver assistance system for use throughout Europe is concerned the name could be misleading, a spokeswoman said on Monday, after Germany asked the company to stop using the term in advertising. Therese de Vroomen added, however, she was not sure whether the agency - the Dutch Road Traffic Service (RDW) - would take any action to follow up on its concerns. Tesla's "Autopilot" driver assistance system has been the focus of intense scrutiny since a…

Malaysia jet most likely on autopilot when it crashed, Australia says

SYDNEY: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was most likely on autopilot when it crashed into the Indian Ocean further south than previously thought, Australian officials said on Thursday, as they charted the next phase of a so far fruitless search. The new analysis comes more than 100 days after the Boeing 777, carrying 239 passengers and crew, disappeared on March 8 shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. Investigators say what little evidence they have to work with suggests the plane was deliberately…