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Tesla: Does the Autopilot have a problem with the track separators?

After the death of a Tesla Model X driver who hit a lane separator on the highway while the Autopilot was activated and another minor accident, several other testimonials point to a possible software problem in managing this type of road infrastructure.

Tesla’s pride and joy of using Autopilot Assisted Driving software seems to have a big problem distinguishing between lane separators. On March 23, the driver of a Model X was killed in the accident of his electric car that had been embedded in a concrete track separator. Tesla recognized that the vehicle’s Autopilot was activated at the time of the impact.

Last week, ABC’s local television channel in the San Francisco area, KGO-TV, revealed a similar, this time minor, an accident that occurred in September 2017 with an active Tesla Model S Autopilot. The software did not detect the track splitter and struck it, causing extensive damage.

The Tesla Autopilot does not prevent all accidents.

These accidents are not the only evidence of the Autopilot’s possible difficulty in managing track separators. Two other Tesla drivers have published videos in which they reproduce the conditions in which the two crashes occurred. In both cases, you can see how the car, with Autopilot engaged, goes straight onto the lane separator. The first driver has just enough time to hit the steering wheel to avoid a collision, while the second driver squashes the brake pedal.

Tesla has not yet mentioned the existence of a specific problem with the Autopilot with the track separators. As he has done after every accident, the manufacturer reminds us that his autopilot software requires the driver to keep his hands on the wheel and be attentive to the road.”

The Tesla Autopilot doesn’t prevent all accidents; such a standard would be impossible, but it makes them much less likely to happen,” says the manufacturer. There are indeed several examples where we see the system anticipating an accident and, no doubt, saving lives.

Tech Radar: A Review of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

After the marvelous upgrade on the design with the release of iPhone 6 and 6s, apple fans all around the world had been waiting for what the company comes up with next. And boy Oh Boy we have all been left surprised because Apple decided to stick to the same pattern of design. Yes, it’s surprising to see that the company chose to break the pattern of coming up with a new design after every two releases. However, with only a few minor improvements to the design of iPhone 7 and 7 plus, Apple have decided to give a direct to the future to the smartphone technology.

The future of Smartphones Technology

The improvement in design I speak of is the antenna lines you saw in iPhone 6 or 6 plus that were a different color. Now they have been altered and fixed to match in the with the body color of the phone. Oh yes, that’s the improvement.

But this is not the decisive statement Apple have chosen to make. The company has decided to step into the future of mobile technology by introducing dual cameras at the back in the 7 plus version, that is totally awesome. You might have gotten used to home button that was physically pressable. Oh wait, now it’s gone. But has been replaced by pressure sensors and haptic vibration motors that have been installed to provide the feel of a button. The processor on both these phones, the A10 fusion processor is so strong that it provides the same caliber of performance as a laptop does. And lastly, pushing us all into a direction of wireless technology, Apple has decided to remove the headphone jack.

Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are truly a step into the future. But they’re not exactly a full representation of it. The phones have been made waterproof. But that does not mean that you should go swimming with your phone, it only means that they can be casually used during rain or can come in direct contact with water for a little bit.

There have been additions made to the display as well. And with the dual camera of the 7 plus version, you can now capture photos and get a wider range of colors into it. All in all, it’s a great addition to the Apple collection. But if you want to compare it to the competition around in android phones, Apple have lagged behind a bit.

All in all, it’s a great phone to have once you have gotten used to all of the additions made. And believe me when I say, some might find it easy to adjust, some might find it hard. It may vary from person to person but Apple is truly trying to send us all in the direction of the future.

Improvements made in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus version include:

  • Antenna designs merged in body color in black and matt black versions
  • Dual cameras
  • Improved display
  • And of course, there’s no headphone jack.