Science|A Lesson of Tesla Crashes? Computer Vision Can’t Do It All Yet

By STEVE LOHRSeptember 19, 2016Jitendra Malik, a researcher in computer vision for three decades, doesn’t own a Tesla, but he has advice for people who do.“Knowing what I know about computer vision, I wouldn’t take my hands off the steering wheel,” he said.Dr. Malik, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, was referring to a fatal crash in May of a Tesla electric car that was equipped with its Autopilot driver-assistance system. An Ohio man was killed when his Model S car, driving in the Autopilot mode, crashed into a tractor-trailer.Federal regulators are still investigating the accident. But it appears likely that the man placed too much confidence in Tesla’s self-driving system. The same may be true of a fatal Tesla accident in China that was reported last week. Other automakers…


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