Shocking moment Telsa Model 3 'on Autopilot mode' crashes into a truck

Shocking moment Tesla Model 3 ‘on Autopilot mode’ crashes into a truck on Taiwan highway

  • A white Tesla Model 3 was driving in Autopilot down a highway in Taiwan
  • However, there was a truck over turned on its side in the middle of two lanes
  • Neither the driver or the Tesla technology saw the truck up ahead
  • The Tesla smashed into the truck and its front end pierced through the roof
  • No injuries were reported when the collision happened Sunday, May 31 

Security cameras watching a highway in Taiwan captured the moment a white Tesla Model 3 vehicle plowing into truck that was rolled over on its side.

Reports say the driver of the Tesla did not see the overturned Truck while cruising with the Autopilot driver assistant feature activated.

The footage also shows that the car’s emergency automatic braking system was applied at the last second, due to smoke coming from the tires moments before the collision.

An image of the aftermath shows the entire front-end of the Tesla pierced through the roof of the truck, but reports note that neither of the drivers were injured.

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Security cameras watching a highway in Taiwan captured the moment a Tesla Model 3 vehicle plowing into truck that was rolled over on its side

Tesla’s Autopilot features allow the vehicle to steer, accelerate and brake automatically within a lane.

Drivers can disengage Autopilot in the vehicle by pushing up a stalk near the steering wheel or by tapping the brakes. They can also take control of the steering wheel to switch away from Autopilot.

However, the feature was allegedly active during the incident that occurred in the morning hours on the Taiwan highway on Sunday, May 31.  

The security footage shows a commercial truck had rolled over on to its side and covered two lanes on Sunday.

Reports say the driver of the Tesla did not see the overturned Truck while cruising with the Autopilot driver assistant feature activated. Pictured is after the Tesla collides with the truck, which sent debris into the air

A few moments later, a white Tesla Model 3 can be seen driving towards the truck and in seconds collides with the overturned vehicle.

The impact of force during the crash was so great that the truck shook when the Tesla smashed into it, reports SETN a local Taiwan news source.

‘There is no drunk driving situation, and the relevant transcripts have been completed so far, and the two parties have to face the subsequent compensation matters,’ SETN reports (translated).

The local media source also noted that the driver said the auxiliary system was activated and the self-driving state was not adopted.

Although it is not yet clear what the driver’s statement entails, it is believed the Tesla was running with some of the Autopilot features on at the time of the crash.

And although the emergency brake system appears to have been activated, it was not soon enough to bring the Model 3 to a halt. 

Tesla’s Autopilot system has been referred to as a ‘half-baked, non-market-ready product that requires the constant collection of data in order to improve upon the existing virtual world that Tesla is trying to create.’ 

There have been thousands of reports from Tesla owners revealing the many close calls they have had while driving on Autopilot.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours on Sunday, May 31 and no injuries were reported. Thousands of Tesla Model 3 (pictured) owners revealed in a 2019 survey their experiences with the vehicle’s autopilot feature in a Bloomberg survey

Pictured: a Bloomberg graphic that illustrates surveyors thoughts on the Autopilot feature in Model 3 vehicles 

As part of a four-part series, Bloomberg surveyed 5,000 Model 3 owners about their experiences with Tesla’s software for automated driving for parking lots and highways last year.

Of that number, 1,600 people shared their close calls with the Autopilot feature that Tesla CEO Elon Musk says will lead the world into a new era of transportation.

The stories illustrate the gray area in which the Tesla Autopilot feature finds itself as customers enter a period of automated-driving.

The feature can perform lifesaving maneuvers and just as quickly glitch in ways that can put drivers in danger.

One Model 3 owner from Alabama described the moment he was driving down a a clear highway, with a state trooper cruising right behind him, when the Autopilot sensors suddenly triggered the brakes.

Only the driver’s quick thinking prevented a rear-end accident when the Tesla owner jammed his foot on the accelerator to override the system.

In Florida, a Model 3 driver had a wildly different experience and was saved by his vehicle.

The driver describes his car inexplicably braking due to the Autopilot feature.

The car in front of them swerved out of the lane and revealed a stopped car was sitting in the lane.

The Tesla’s sensors had detected the hazard from afar and avoided the crash with no human input.

According to the survey, 13 percent of owners say Autopilot has put them in danger while 28 percent say it has saved them from dangerous situations.

Six drivers admit Autopilot has contributed to a collision, while nine owners say the system helped keep them alive.

Approximately 70 percent of Bloomberg surveyors believe the ‘Smart Summon’ feature is useful while less than half think it is reliable

Hundreds of owners shared dangerous system behaviors they experienced while on Autopilot, including phantom breaking, failing to stop for a road hazard and veering.

A driver in California said: ‘During one of its automatic lane changes into a lane behind a semi, it SLAMMED on my brakes for no reason. The cars behind me managed to avoid rear ending me.’

Another said: ‘It seemed to make risky choices whenever an unusual situation arises, like a missing lane line or a truck merging suddenly into your lane.’

‘Sometimes it catches a car on a different lane and, if that car is going significantly slower, will break violently,’ a driver in Minnesota said.

Other owners had more positive episodes.

Hundreds of owners shared dangerous system behaviors they experienced while on Autopilot, including phantom breaking, failing to stop for a road hazard and veering.

A driver in California said: ‘During one of its automatic lane changes into a lane behind a semi, it SLAMMED on my brakes for no reason. The cars behind me managed to avoid rear ending me.’

Another said: ‘It seemed to make risky choices whenever an unusual situation arises, like a missing lane line or a truck merging suddenly into your lane.’

‘Sometimes it catches a car on a different lane and, if that car is going significantly slower, will break violently,’ a driver in Minnesota said.

Timeline of fatal crashes tied to Tesla Autopilot

January 20, 2016 in China: Gao Yaning, 23, died when the Tesla Model S he was driving slammed into a road sweeper on a highway near Handan, a city about 300 miles south of Beijing. Chinese media reported that Autopilot was engaged.

Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio died in an Autopilot crash in May 2016

May 7, 2016 in Williston, Florida: Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio died when cameras in his Tesla Model S failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer from a brightly lit sky.

The NTSB found that the truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s inattention due to overreliance on vehicle automation were the probable cause of the crash.

The NTSB also noted that Tesla Autopilot permitted the car driver to become dangerously disengaged with driving. A DVD player and Harry Potter movies were found in the car.

March 23, 2018 in Mountain View, California: Apple software engineer Walter Huang, 38, died in a crash on U.S. Highway 101 with the Autopilot on his Tesla engaged.

The vehicle accelerated to 71 mph seconds before crashing into a freeway barrier, federal investigators found. 

The NTSB, in a preliminary report on the crash, also said that data shows the Model X SUV did not brake or try to steer around the barrier in the three seconds before the crash in Silicon Valley. 

Crash scene photos show the wreck on March 23, 2018 in Mountain View, California 

March 1, 2019 in Delray, Florida: Jeremy Banner, 50, died when his 2018 Tesla Model 3 slammed into a semi-truck.

NTSB investigators said Banner turned on the autopilot feature about 10 seconds before the crash, and the autopilot did not execute any evasive maneuvers to avoid the crash. 

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NYC’s urban model faces existential crisis in post-pandemic world

Manhattan needs its people back. But do the people need Manhattan? COVID-19 may not be a pause, as Gov. Cuomo puts it, but a rupture — one that has vast implications for New York.

For half a century, New York’s growth policy, stripped of some subtleties, has been as follows. Step one: Build up a dense corporate office hub centered around 150 blocks of Midtown Manhattan. Step two: Improve transit, so that you can move these millions of commuters onto the island of Manhattan every day in crowded metal tubes, and then, at the end of the day, move them back out.

This solved a bunch of problems that plagued midcentury New York.

First, middle-class flight from the city. We fixed that by moving people back and forth from Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey during the day. Second, working-class flight from Manhattan. Manhattanites who no longer walked to work from tenements to the docks or the Garment District could take the subway to new jobs in restaurants, retail, cleaning — serving a huge office market.

Yet this system was in peril even before the outbreak. Subways and commuter lines were beyond capacity at peak hours, and even off-peak. Developers had overbuilt, thanks to cheap global money.

Midtown’s prime-office vacancy rate last November was 10.4 percent, compared to 8.9 percent two years earlier — with “supply outpacing demand,” city economists noted, thanks to massive new construction at Hudson Yards and in Midtown East.

Now, both sides of this equation are irretrievably broken. No one has any idea how New York’s and New Jersey’s transit systems can resume moving nearly 3 million people on and off a dense island by this fall. The answer won’t be more driving. A 30 percent drop in pre-COVID transit would mean a doubling of vehicles on Midtown’s streets — a total standstill.

So: What happens to all those offices sitting eerily empty? It isn’t only a short-term problem. Even if we get a vaccine tomorrow, many commuters have found that they like staying home. JPMorgan Chase and Facebook — both, prior to this, planning new Manhattan office towers — are now saying people can work closer to home or at home.

That doesn’t mean five days a week, forever. But even employers and workers deciding they would rather work in an office only two or three days a week has huge implications for the future price of office space and MTA finances.

It has huge implications, too, for restaurants, stores, theater, hotels — all of which depend on business travel and on commuters spending a little extra time in Manhattan. Outer-borough restaurant and retail also depends on residents’ wealth — earned in Manhattan.

No one knows what’s going to happen. Maybe everyone will be back. If not, though, New York will need a new model. It’s possible that Manhattan may break up into smaller clusters, where more highly paid workers at tech companies, investment banks, law firms and hedge funds live within walking or biking distance to work, leaving less crowded transit to middle-income and service workers.

That’s fine, but means a rough transition. Manhattan as a dense office hub doesn’t work without armies of longer-distance commuters. Sure, you can convert office space into residential space over time, but the key is “over time.” It’s expensive, and it won’t happen in a plummeting real-estate market.

Any big change is a shock to the city’s tax system well beyond a few months. For its annual $66 billion in tax revenues, New York depends on high, and high-volume, property, ­income and sales taxes, all now imperiled. It could see double-digit adjustments, beyond what any one-year federal rescue can cushion.

It’s a shock to the region’s tax system. The only reason Long Island villages can afford sky-high spending on schools and police is that some taxpayers bring home six and seven figures from Manhattan, and because residential property is worth a lot. It’s worth a lot less if it’s less valuable to be close to Manhattan.

Facing an unknowable future, New York needs to be flexible now: Temporarily furlough non-frontline workers so it can afford to bring back some later. Sponsor aggressive testing on how safely people can stand next to each other, masked, for now, on transit. Let restaurants start deploying open-air dining to give people a reason to stay this summer. 

The private economy is moving fast. But the city is still frozen.

Nicole Gelinas is a contributing editor of City Journal. Twitter: @NicoleGelinas 

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Model Mom! Molly Sims' Most Relatable Parenting Quotes While Raising 3 Kids

Time with her trio! Molly Sims has three children and hasn’t hesitated to share candid parenting confessions about raising the little ones over the years.

The model and her husband, Scott Stuber, tied the knot in 2011 and welcomed her son, Brooks, the following year. Her son’s little sister and brother, Scarlett and Grey, arrived in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

In November 2016, the actress opened up to Us Weekly exclusively about her fertility journey, advising women struggling to conceive to express their feelings.

“Try to have at least one person you can talk to and really be open with,” the Kentucky native told Us at the time. “There are a lot of dark moments. … It’s sure not easy, and I got very, very lucky to find my prince and to have my family. I think what women put themselves through — the emotions and the shots and the hormones and the weight gain and then trying to lose the weight — it’s just a struggle, it’s so difficult.”

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model decided to freeze her eggs with Dr. Shahin Ghadir’s help at the Southern California Reproductive Center before meeting her producer husband. “The maternal clock all of a sudden just started happening,” she explained. “We ended up freezing [embryos] about nine months before we got married in September of 2011.”

Sims told Us that she actually got pregnant on her honeymoon, conceiving Brooks in Hawaii. She explained, “I think because we had froze, and because I had in the back of my mind a safety blanket — a safety net — I got pregnant.”

Scarlett, though, took two rounds of IVF. In fact, the Las Vegas alum was about to “do another round” when she found out she and the Los Angeles native had a baby on the way.

As for her third pregnancy, finding out that she and Stuber were expecting Grey was “a shock.” Sims explained to Us, “After five tests we were like, ‘OK, maybe this is happening.’”

Keep scrolling to read the relatable things the former View contributor has said about parenthood over the years, from multi-tasking to starting her family later in life.

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Model Josephine Skriver postpones wedding amid coronavirus pandemic

Josephine Skriver is putting her wedding plans on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Victoria’s Secret model, 27, confirmed on Wednesday that she and fiancé Alexander DeLeon have decided to postpone their nuptials, but are remaining positive despite the unexpected change.

“We’re just happy that our family and friends are happy and healthy,” she told People magazine. “People around the world are going through so much worse than a wedding postponement. It would be selfish of us to complain.”

However, Skriver did admit that the call to cancel was a “tough decision to make.”

She also said on her Instagram Stories, “Some days I’m just like, ‘F–k you, COVID!’”

“When you wait for a moment your entire life and then have to postpone, it’s never easy,” Skriver told People. “We debated it for weeks, trying everything we could to make it work. At the end of the day, the safety of our friends and family was the most important.”

While the model didn’t disclose when the wedding was supposed to take place, she added that part of the reason they had to be halted was because there was a delay in the making of her dress.

“The fabric for my dress actually got stuck in production because of COVID, so I wasn’t even sure we could make it in time and wasn’t even ready to fully try it on,” she shared. “I’m sure so many brides are dealing with the same thing and I feel for them more than ever!”

Aside from the date, the soon-to-be bride said not much else has changed in her wedding plans.

“I’m excited it’s already rolled out and ready to get set up,” she said. “I think the one year move-back will give me time to really enjoy the process more. It was a lot more stressful than I thought and I’m excited to use this time to make it even more special.”

Skriver and DeLeon got engaged in November 2018. The musician popped the question while the couple were vacationing together in Finland.

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Iskra Lawrence Gets Real About the Challenging Times of Motherhood

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Iskra Lawrence is ready to give a real look inside the world of motherhood.

Less than three weeks after welcoming her first child into the world, the model is opening up to her followers about her experience thus far.

In a candid post, Iskra shared a photo of what she looked like two weeks postpartum and nine months pregnant. But ultimately, there’s much more than what meets the eye.

“I’m prefacing this post by saying I could not be happier or more grateful and I’m highly aware that I’m super lucky to be able to conceive naturally and that myself and baby are healthy,” she wrote on Instagram. “But I really want to share all the realness of my journey since becoming a momma because these two weeks have felt like the most challenging of my life. I never imagined how much my wonderful tiny human struggling with colic would affect me and all of the postpartum changes.” 

While the Aerie role model said she felt prepared for pregnancy and newborns, “nothing could have gotten me ready emotional and mentally to see the love of our lives screaming, bright red, whole body tense and seemingly in discomfort for hours a day and not getting enough sleep.”

Through it all, Iskra is grateful for “the most patient incredible daddy” Philip Payne for all of his support.

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As for the photos she chose to post, Iskra wanted to give her followers an honest look at her “current reality.” 

“Maybe 1 shampoo a week, still living in my adult diapers (because yes you bleed for weeks after birth) sleep deprivation, leaky nips + hormonal acne. I’ve managed 3 workouts because I needed it mentally and physically but I’ve barely managed to respond to any work emails and I’ve let down friends who have wanted to FaceTime and meet our baby and I can barely look at my phone most of the time or text back,” she wrote. “When I have posted insta stories it’s when I have some energy or feel able too so that kinda feeds into the highlight reel of social media – where nothing is what it seems and if I only posted smiley perfect pictures that would not be real.”

Ultimately, Iskra continues to count her blessings as she asks for colic advice. She also is confident that better days are ahead.

“Baby A.M.P is our dream come true and we know it’s going to get easier with time,” she wrote. “I hope by sharing my struggles and being vulnerable some of you going through it feel less alone and know it’s ok to not be ok.”

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