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Mobileye bailed on Tesla over Autopilot safety concerns

by Jacob Kleinman | September 15, 2016September 15, 2016 5:00 pm EST

Earlier this year,  Tesla parted ways with Mobileye, an Israeli company focused on advanced driver assistance systems that provided much of the technology for the carmaker’s Autopilot feature. At the time Tesla CEO Elon Musk described the split as “inevitable,” but it turns his company may actually be the blame for pushing the technology beyond its intended use.

Mobileye chairman and CTO Amnon Shashua told Reuters that he bailed on Tesla for “pushing the envelope in terms of safety.” He added that his company’s product isn’t meant to prevent all crashes without human help.

“No matter how you spin it, (Autopilot) is not designed for that,” he said. “It is a driver assistance system and not a driverless system.”

Tesla has at times promoted its Autopilot feature as a precursor to self-driving technology, though the company says drivers need to be ready to take over at a moment’s notice. A recently announced software update will disable Autopilot if drivers repeatedly take their hands off the wheel and ignore warnings. It also puts a bigger focus on radar sensors that can see around cars and through fog.

Mobileye already provides its technology to 27 carmakers covering about 70 percent of the current market. Meanwhile, future Tesla vehicles will have to rely on other technology as the company continues to push forward into self-driving territory with its Autopilot feature.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...