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FSD ignored Tesla in dense fog but narrowly escaped collision with train: axles broken

According to Fast Technology on May 20, Tesla’s full self-driving (FSD) automatic assisted driving feature, which Elon Musk is proud of, has once again raised questions. Despite Musk repeatedly emphasizing its safety, some car owners have encountered problems during its use.

Recently, a blogger posted a video and photo on the social media platform “X” and said that his Tesla tried to collide with a moving train twice. The most recent incident occurred on May 8, 2024, and a driving recorder video of the incident was also shared.

The video shows that there was dense fog on the day of the incident, due to which visibility was very low. The condition of the road was so bad that nothing could be seen more than ten meters away. According to the Tesla owner, his FSD-enabled Tesla did not recognize the deceleration at an intersection where a train was passing. The car headed straight towards the train, but the driver immediately turned to the right. Although the Tesla did not collide with the train, the vehicle was seriously damaged.

The pictures released show that the gray Tesla car was parked near the railway track. The right front wheel was deformed due to the broken axle and the bumper and right front fender were also damaged. The good news is that a major accident was averted due to the promptness of the driver.

Tesla executives explained the reason behind the emphasis on a completely visual solution, saying that human driving is based entirely on vision. Roads are designed for biological neural networks and eyes, and humans do not have organs like radar. Therefore, a smart car can also imitate humans and rely on vision to become a capable driver. Musk’s reasoning behind not choosing the radar + camera combination was that if there were contradictions in the information received from the radar and cameras, the intelligent driving system would have difficulty choosing the option. Therefore, it is better to choose just one and perfect it.

Craig Doty of Ohio also shared a post, in which he said his car had collided with a closed level crossing on two separate occasions. He told that his Tesla car was in FSD mode and its speed did not slow down even after the train crossed the road. She intervened and turned the car around and stopped just a few feet away from the train.

Tesla owners have repeatedly raised issues with the company’s vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as of April 2024, Tesla’s models Y, X, S, and 3 with the Autopilot system have been involved in a total of 17 deaths and 736 accidents from 2019 to May 20, 2024.

FSD ignored Tesla in dense fog but narrowly escaped collision with train: axles broken

According to last month’s report, a report by Engadget said that since last month, Tesla has stopped the delivery of its Cybertruck due to problems in accelerator and FSD. Many users had flagged several issues with their $100,000 priced vehicle, including lack of visibility, off-roading difficulties, issues with the CCS adapter, and lower than company stated range and stainless steel body panels. Discoloration and other problems are also included.

This incident has once again raised questions on the safety of Tesla and their FSD system. Concerns about safety are growing among vehicle owners and potential buyers, requiring Tesla to improve its technology.

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