Consumer Reports calls Tesla the withdrawal of Autopilot: not yet are we ready for the autonomous car

The crash of a Tesla Model S using Autopilot continues to generate controversy. And a lot of. This time it is Consumer Reports, one of the publications with greater experience and reputation in the united States, which asks Tesla for the immediate withdrawal of Autopilot of their cars, the Tesla Model S and the Tesla Model X. Consumer Reports acknowledges that, even under that guilt is not outside the technology of Tesla, we are not yet ready for the autonomous car, and not even for technologies that allow the driver to delegate as many responsibilities as Autopilot.

In his analysis, Consumer Reports recognizes numerous points in which the relationship between the driver and the technology Tesla has failed. The first of them all is the anticipation, and even the name of the system. Since the united States has accused Tesla of have resorted to a name and a claim that it generates too many expectations on the client. Autopilot, which could be translated into Spanish as autopilot, it is a name that already invites us to think of neglecting the driving and leave our car drive by us. The complaint was filed, “it Has come to your automatic pilot”, emphasizes even more this feature.

The problem is that technologically Autopilot is not ready for the driver to be able to neglect the driving, and even the brand itself reminds the driver to keep attention on the road. What, in your summary, is interpreted as a contradictory message.


Recall that Autopilot Tesla is able to perform basic tasks without the intervention of the driver, such as to maintain the speed and the distance with respect to other cars, spin, and even overtake, for which you just have to press a button. It is, in a nutshell, an aid to driving more sophisticated. Autopilot is not an autonomous car.

The big problem we found in this technology is still in testing phase and there are no absolute guarantees that you can resolve with effectiveness and safety complicated situations, as we already saw in the accident that we met these days. In this accident, Tesla came to recognize that Autopilot was not able to identify the risk, of a truck encroaching on the road, by the fact that the white surface side will melt with the sky on a sunny day.

Consumer Reports asks that customers do not be used as guinea pigs to develop a technology, the autonomous car, that one day we’ll see in dealers.

The only sure thing today is that, following the controversy generated by this accident, and the reactions that we are seeing in the united States, Tesla will have to put limits on Autopilot, and very probably have contributed to the perception of the autonomous car, and therefore the arduous task of convincing the driver to delegate the task of driving a machine, has been damaged forever.

Source: Consumer Reports