A Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot engaged crashed into an overturned truck on a highway in Taiwan
Driver of the Tesla apparently uninjured in crash
A scary video of a crash involving a Tesla Model 3 and an overturned truck on a Taiwan highway has been going viral since yesterday.
As you can see above, the truck occupies the far left lane of the highway after turning over on its side. A Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot is seen coming down the lane and subsequently crashing into the truck.
Although the Tesla does brake before the collision occurs, it still impacts the truck hard and it’s quite surprising the driver of the Model 3 wasn’t injured or killed.
Some have used the video as proof that Tesla’s Autopilot doesn’t work as advertised. Others on Tesla’s side have rightfully pointed out that the driver wasn’t injured. Our take? We blame the driver first and foremost.
We’ve had a chance to test numerous autonomous systems including Tesla’s, and although it works fine we would never trust the system with our lives.
Tesla’s Autopilot was marketed as an autonomous driving system early on, but a few documented accidents forced the company to change its approach. Since 2018 it forces drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel, but a quick search online shows a range of hacks to get around that.
From what we can see in the video, the driver clearly wasn’t paying attention which means there was likely an Autopilot hack. The driver evidently didn’t have hands on the steering wheel and was probably doing something that kept their eyes off the road. This is a straight highway and that overturned truck was visible a mile down the road.
Or perhaps the person behind the wheel was so convinced in Tesla’s technology that they assumed the system would avoid the truck. In any case, we’re guessing the lesson has been learned.