Tesla And Mobileye Part Ways: Tesla's Model S To Blame?

Jul 28, 2016 06:04 AM EDT | Eve C.


Tesla and Mobileye have parted ways for good. According to the recent report, the separation probably boils down to Tesla's Model S.

During the Q2 financial forum held on Tuesday, Mobileye CTO Amnon Shashua declared that their company will no longer work with Tesla after the EyeQ3. This is the current system-on-a-chip which is found in Autopilot-capable Model S and Model X electric cars.

The divorce might be blamed on the fatal accident which happened on May 7 in Florida that caused the death of 45-year-old Joshua Brown. His Tesla Model S vehicle crashed underneath an 18-wheeler truck.

As per Electrek, the Autopilot installed on the car was not able to detect the truck which leads to the tragedy. Despite the fact that the Autopilot consists of a camera, a radar, and a few ultrasonic sensors, its front-facing radar did not catch the incoming 18-wheeler.

As a result, those who own the same model started to worry about their own safety. In return, Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered a thorough explanation about the accident via Twitter, and what could have caused the Autopilot to overlook the huge vehicle.

In layman's term, the online media outlet understands that the Autopilot, somehow, is not expected to avoid these types of accidents. Thus far, the driver is still responsible for the full control of his car.

This is the first known incident that Tesla and Mobileye got involved with, however, Ars Technica noted that the latter would want to cut ties with the automaker. In a written statement, Mobileye explained their reason for pulling out.

"Nevertheless, in our view, moving toward more advanced autonomy is a paradigm shift both in terms of function complexity and the need to ensure an extremely high level of safety," the company wrote. 

On the other hand, Tesla and Mobileye will continue to work on developing the current models, to avoid further incident by fixing existing flaws. However, though, Tesla has not confirmed yet if they will make their own Autopilot system for future models.

Nevertheless, Tesla and Mobileye have worked to improve the art of providing safety to their customers, but until then, the public will still have to wait for updates regarding the issue.

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