Tesla Slamming Into Concrete Median Is Part Autopilot, Part Driver’s Fault

Tesla’s Autopilot system is always being improved but it is far from perfect, as the video below shows. And the same, to some extent, could be said about its driver.

In recent months, we’ve seen a number of potential accidents being avoided by the car manufacturer’s advanced driving aid, but an unexpected change in the road threw off this Model S’ system.

As the electric sedan was cruising down a motorway in the United States, the lane it was traveling along briefly curved to the right as some construction was going on. Look closely at the lane and you’ll notice that the yellow lane marking to the left abruptly angles off to the right and a few dozen feet in front of it, there is a concrete median barrier.

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However, the Autopilot system failed to notice that the lane marking had moved and appears to think that the edge of the road is still the lane marking. As a result, it slams into the median.

The car sustained a fairly hefty bump, damaging the paintwork and wrecking the passenger-side front wheel. Admittedly, if the driver was paying attention instead of relying solely on the semi-autonomous function, the collision could have been easily avoided.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Tesla careen into a concrete barrier on a motorway. A month ago, a video surfaced of a Model 3 doing to the same, but it remains to be seen if the Autopilot system of that car was engaged at the time of the accident.

In any case, despite its name, Autopilot is not a fully autonomous, Level 4-capable, system and needs a driver that pays attention to the road at all times and takes control when necessary. This is something that has been stressed many times, but somehow the message doesn’t seem to get through.


  • Six_Tymes

    I am not sure what response to click on, they all apply. (Upvote, Funny, Love, Surprised, Angry and Sad)


    • brn

      That response system needs to go away.

      • Bash

        Actually I find it interesting, maybe it should be cool to make it accept multiple expressions like when love a post for being funny or love a post for being smart hence upvote. I see what @SIX_TYMES:disqus means really.

    • TOMSON

      wow, never seen that, didn´t know it´s existing 😮

  • StrangerGP

    Get ready for them updates, Tesla folks!

  • salamOOn

    so another useless news about AP fail…. but ok. just watch the car in front of him with driver really driving the car and paying attention to traffic and road conditions. you dont need AP when you are doing what you should do behind the wheel.

  • Jay

    The thing about about autopilot is that the driver will assume that sooner or later the car will ‘realize’ what’s its doing incorrectly and rectify it before a collision giving them a false sense of security. You’ll never really know if it will until it’s too late. I’d like to pass on this game of Russian roulette.

  • Arthur Burnside

    This is ridiculous. The Autopilot is a disaster waiting to happen. It will operate perfectly for the everyday situation and lure the driver into believing that there is no need to closely monitor the system. Autopilot is a bug-infested peice of software and a deadly joke that should be banned immediately.

    • stockinbug

      The only study I’ve seen suggests that fewer accidents overall happen while using Tesla autopilot.

      We certainly need another such study, more thoroughly conducted. I want to see the data before I decide if Autopilot helps or hurts overall. In the meantime, however, Autopilot is “learning” and improving. So I suspect a new study would show that it’s beneficial overall.

  • TRB0T0Y

    Aww poor Stephan Skinnyjeans! He had to actually look up from his InstaTwit feed after his car crashed.

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