Self-driving Car in Fatal Crash

A few more iterations on the self-driving cars are required before I am getting in one. NHTSA probes Tesla self-driving cars after fatal crash

NHTSA said preliminary reports say the crash happened when a semi-trailer rig turned left in front of the Tesla at a highway intersection. Police said the roof of the car struck the underside of the trailer and the car passed beneath. The car went off the road, striking two wire fences and a power pole before coming to a rest about 100 feet away. The driver was dead at the scene.

“Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor-trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied,” Tesla said in a blog posting Thursday.

Engineers are always so sure their creations will work. But they don’t always.

After the break is a video of a crash of an airliner that was supposed to fly itself. The engineers were so sure….

Granted that was years ago, but the engineers were certain.