Mobileye, one of Tesla’s suppliers for its Autopilot function, has criticised the US carmaker for “pushing the envelope on safety”.
The Israeli firm cut ties with Tesla back in July after a fatal crash in the US involving the Autopilot system, and now its chairman Amnon Shashua has told Reuters that Tesla was overstating the capability of the Autopilot system to take over the driver’s role. Mobileye specialises in collision detection and driver assistance systems.
“It is not designed to cover all possible crash situations in a safe manner,” Shashua said of the Autopilot function. “No matter how you spin it, [Autopilot] is not designed for that. It's a driver assistance system and not a driverless system.”
Shashua said Mobileye had reservations about the way Tesla has marketed Autopilot, describing mixed messages that boast about capabilities while simultaneously warning drivers to keep their hands on the wheel.
“In the long term, this is going to hurt the interests of the company and hurt the interests of an entire industry, if a company of our reputation will continue to be associated with this type of pushing the envelope in terms of safety,” he said.
The Autopilot system has come under renewed scrutiny this week after being implicated in another fatal Tesla crash in China. The victim’s family is suing Tesla after the Model S driver was killed in a collision with a road sweeper.
A Tesla spokesman said the firm had never described Autopilot-enabled cars as autonomous or self-driving.