Tesla’s Autopilot shift to radar might have saved the life of driver in Model S crash, Elon Musk says – Los Angeles Times

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk revealed what he called “dramatic improvements” to the automaker’s Autopilot technology Sunday that shift it to rely primarily on radar — and not just cameras — to help the car see better and avoid collisions.

The announcement follows several Autopilot-related crashes, including a fatal Florida accident in May in which a Tesla Model S driving on Autopilot slammed into a big rig after apparently failing to distinguish between the white truck and the bright sky behind it. 

Musk said he believes the improvements will make his cars “by far” the safest on the road and probably would  have saved the life of Joshua Brown, who died in the Florida crash.

But Musk cautioned that the Autopilot 8.0 update “does not mean perfect safety,” he said Sunday. “Perfect safety is really an impossible goal.”

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