Incident 221: A Road Engineer Killed Following a Collision Involving a Tesla on Autopilot

Description: In Taiwan, a Tesla Model 3 on Autopilot mode whose driver did not pay attention to the road collided with a road repair truck; a road engineer immediately placed crash warnings in front of the Tesla, but soon after got hit and was killed by a BMW when its driver failed to see the sign and crashed into the accident.


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Alleged: Tesla developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed road engineer.

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Khoa Lam

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Known AI Goal

Autonomous Driving

Known AI Technology

Image Segmentation

Potential AI Technology

Convolutional Neural Network, Visual Object Detection, Classification

Known AI Technical Failure

Misuse, Generalization Failure

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