Tesla Autopilot Technology Causes More Distracted Drivers

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MIT researchers released a study that found that Tesla drivers are more distracted when they use the company’s semi-autonomous Autopilot feature that are in these vehicles. According to the study “drivers glanced more frequently away from the road, and thus paid less attention, when Autopilot was active.”

Tesla Autopilot technology is designed to steer the car, stay in its lane, and keep up with traffic on divided roads, such as highways. Tesla has acknowledged in the past that the software is imperfect and stated that drivers should be prepared to take control of the vehicle at any time. In addition to glancing away from the road, MIT researchers “also found that 33 percent of Tesla drivers did not have their hands on the wheel prior to taking control of the car from Autopilot.” The NTSB has stepped in and called on Tesla to “develop a better way to sense if drivers are distracted.”

While driver assistance technology continues to advance, it is important to know its limitations. It is clear that Tesla’s Autopilot technology still needs some work in order to keep the driver from being distracted. As a driver you are still responsible for operating your vehicle in safe manner, even if Autopilot is engaged. If you or a family member have been involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident, we at The McCraw Law Group are ready to review your case and answer your questions in a Free Consultation.