There's been much news lately about crashes surrounding Tesla vehicles on Autopilot, including one from March 23 involving Wei Huang, a 38-year-old Apple software engineer who received visual and audio warnings before the crash, but took no action.
However, music producer Anton Zaslavski, better known by his name Zedd, recently shared his story of using the automaker's feature with his followers on Twitter.
The system occasionally sends alerts to driver's as reminders to keep their hands on the steering wheel, in case they need to quickly take control. If a driver doesn't reply to the alerts for a long period of time, the system will then send louder alerts, turn off music and even attempt to bring the vehicle to a stop at the side of the road.
Once the driver has shown signs that they are tired or not paying attention, the driver assist system won't be available to use for the duration of the drive.
Though the singer might've been in less danger since he had Autopilot turned on, he was still in danger and it's not good to have people thinking this feature will allow them to take a nap at the wheel. The system performed well in this situation, but crashes are always possible if the driver is not paying attention to their surroundings.
In their blog post, Tesla did mention that its "first iteration of Autopilot was found by the U.S. government to reduce crash rates by as much as 40%," but reminded readers that "Tesla Autopilot does not prevent all accidents," which would be impossible.