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Tesla's autopilot system has worked well, but there have been a few videos of Model S owners having near-disastrous crashes or getting tickets with the system on. Predictably, Elon Musk is worried since Tesla’s image would suffer if a self-driving Tesla were to crash. Who would claim liability? To prevent this, Musk told Tesla press conference attendees that the automaker will "add additional constraints to minimize the possibility of people doing crazy things with it.”
Musk didn’t tell his audience what these constraints would be, but it would be fair to assume that they would include a sensor to ensure that drivers keep their hands on the wheel and possibly Tesla’s own version of Mercedes’ Attention Assist system to ensure that drivers are focused on the road. A system that monitors the type of road that the car is driving on would also be a wise addition, although Musk says, “The system will learn over time and get better and that’s exactly what it’s doing. It will start to feel quite refined within a couple of months.” Let’s hope these updates come quickly for the sake of Tesla, its owners, and other drivers on the road.