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17 fatalities, 736 crashes – is Tesla’s autopilot safe?

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Elon Musk touts it as the future of driving. But an investigation shows the Tesla autopilot system is far from having an unblemished safety record.

Data show that the number of deaths and serious injuries associated with Autopilot has grown significantly as well.

In June 2022, authorities released a partial account of accidents involving Autopilot, but only three deaths were definitively linked to the technology.

In the most recent data, there have been at least 17 fatal incidents, 11 of them since last May, and five serious injuries.

FILE PHOTO: A Tesla electric vehicle (EV) is seen through a charging point displayed during a media day for the Auto Shanghai show in Shanghai, China April 20, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, said that vehicles on Autopilot are safer than those driven solely by human drivers. He cited crash rates when comparing the two modes of driving.

The automaker has been urged to develop and deploy features that navigate traffic – navigating stopped school buses, fire engines, stop signs, and pedestrians – arguing that the technology will lead to a safer, accident-free future.

There is no way to determine how many crashes might have been prevented, but the data shows that real-time testing on American roads has clear flaws.

The benefits of installing driver-assistance technologies on Teslas outweigh the risks, Musk has repeatedly argued.

“At the point of which you believe that adding autonomy reduces injury and death, I think you have a moral obligation to deploy it even though you’re going to get sued and blamed by a lot of people,” Musk said last year. “Because the people whose lives you saved don’t know that their lives were saved. And the people who do occasionally die or get injured, they definitely know — or their state does.”

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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AI enters the Big Brother house, raising concerns around the truth of reality TV

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How will the integration of AI into reality TV impact audience engagement and what role will this have on the future of entertainment?

The latest season of Big Brother has left fans scratching their heads with the introduction of Big Brother AI, also knowns as BB AI, taking centre stage.

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss all the curious AI cases of the week. #featured

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UN initiative aims to set international standards for AI ethics

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The United Nations has launched a comprehensive initiative aimed at establishing international guidelines for the governance of artificial intelligence.

The UN seeks to address ethical concerns, regulatory frameworks, and human rights implications associated with AI advancements.

Dr. Karen Sutherland from the UniSC joins to discuss the latest. #featured

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No console, no problem according to Amazon’s next-gen streaming innovation

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Xbox cloud gaming expands access with Amazon Fire TV Stick compatibility.

Xbox confirmed that the new instalment of Call of Duty—Black Ops 6—will be releasing day one on Xbox Game Pass later this year.

In recent news, 2023’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 will also land on Game Pass on July 24th. This marks the first Activision title to be released on Game Pass since Microsoft’s recent acquisition.

Gaming and tech correspondent Emily Leaney joins to discuss all the latest.

 

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