Engineers who were working on the group of autopilot features, also called as self-driving, did not believe that the system would be ready to drive a car safely.
For those who do not know, last fall, Elon Musk announced that all of the vehicles of Tesla will be able to drive itself.
Musk vs. Autopilot Team
The report shows more on the conflict that is happening between Musk and the Autopilot team. According to CNN last July, Musk swept aside particular worries as insignificant compared to the total life-saving possibility of the Autopilot. Workers who worked on the feature struggled making similar understanding.
Apparently, the way Musk selected to market the Autopilot feature is the major reason for the dispute. The choice to denote the Autopilot as a solution for complete self-driving was the catalyst for several departures.
You can see that denotation multiple times on the official site of the company, especially when you are ordering a Tesla vehicle. One of the several departures includes Sterling Anderson. Anderson was the one in command of the Autopilot team during its announcement last year.
Two months after the announcement, Anderson left the company. He was sued by Tesla. The company alleged Anderson for theft of Autopilot related data, employee poaching, and breach of contract. However, it was settled eventually.
It’s Not Yet Ready
The company was warned by a lead engineer a year before. It says that the self-driving feature was not ready to be launched shortly before the original announcement. The architecture engineer and senior system design at that time, Evan Nakano, wrote that Autopilot development was created on irresponsible decision making that has possibly put the lives of the clients at risk.
That is according to files achieved by the Wall Street Journal. A spokesperson of Tesla mentioned back to the website of the company when reached for a comment. He mentioned the Autopilot disclaimer saying that Autopilot feature is reliant on regulatory approval and broad software validation.
A person died while using the self-driving feature for the 1st time in between the 2 specific inflection points denoted in the report. The Model S of Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old man, crashed into a truck on a highway in Florida last summer. It instantly killed him. An investigation by NHTSA in January discovered no defects in the self-driving feature. They also found that the feature decreased the crash rates by 40%.