By: Steve Dellar | 03-31-2018 | News
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Apple Engineer Killed In Tesla X Autopilot Crash Had Lodged 7 Complaints

Last week, 38-year-old Apple engineer, Mr. Walter Huang, died during a crash on his way to work when his car, a Tesla X SUV, drove into an already-collapsed safety cushion on 101 in Mountain View, California.

The family of Mr. Huang, who had bought the car to celebrate that he had landed the job, claims that he had called Tesla multiple times to complain about the car swirling to the right on that exact spot.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It&#39;s late on a Friday night on a holiday weekend no less, so Tesla puts out a blog post acknowledging that Autopilot was engaged during last week&#39;s accident that killed Wei/Walter Huang: <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Dana Hull (@danahull) <a href="">March 31, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr. Huang’s brother said: “Before the crash, Walter complained 7-10 times the car would swivel toward that same exact barrier during autopilot. Walter took it into dealership addressing the issue, but they couldn’t duplicate it there.”

Other Tesla owners responded on a bulletin board by stating that it is possible that the car’s autopilot mistook the white lines on the road, painted between the asphalt and the concrete, as a sort of guidance and therefore crashed into the wall.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Walter Huang had a wife and two kids. This past November, he got a job as an Apple engineer and bought his new Tesla. After several problems with auto-pilot, he complained to the dealership before his deadly crash. <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) <a href="">March 29, 2018</a></blockquote>

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A Tesla spokesperson responded to the press earlier this week that: “We’ve been doing a thorough search of our service records and we cannot find anything suggesting that the customer ever complained to Tesla about the performance of Autopilot. There was a concern raised once about navigation not working correctly, but Autopilot’s performance is unrelated to navigation.”

However, just three hours ago, Tesla confirmed that the car’s autopilot was engaged during the accident.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Woke up to some shocking &amp; terrible news. RIP to Walter Huang, <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Visceral</a> colleague who leaves behind his wife &amp; small kids. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Tim Lewinson (@VancouverTim) <a href="">March 26, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Anonymous No. 21916 2018-03-31 : 05:40

Kinda makes one wonder what he might have known?

Anonymous No. 21918 2018-03-31 : 06:07

Tesla just needs to go away, electric cars went out with obama.

Phil No. 21930 2018-03-31 : 08:17

So he knew it had a problem at that bend and he didn't think that he should have a more hands approach when autopilot was on ? Weird !!

Anonymous No. 21940 2018-03-31 : 09:49

Tesla a good idea….

just seems to be years ahead of the technology to make it possible.

It seems they really need a REAL WORLD test track that incorporates these typical highway oddities .

BTW: before buying ANY electric car, go speak with Fireman about the general crash safety. Since they are the ones that have to cut you out, without shorting out the massive battery system surrounding vehicle passengers .

Doona No. 21971 2018-03-31 : 19:27

I believe it was a hit job , If you think for one minute that a smart car of hell cars with modern day CHIPS can be hacked and then boom you wreak ,brakes fail, engine stalls ,planes running into each other , AMTRAC , helicopters Remember America was sold out by the last 3 presidents ,OUR INTEL

Anonymous No. 21985 2018-03-31 : 23:52

He did nothing wrong. His career depended on solving engineering problems and that's how he tried to solve his Tesla problem. It would be dishonorable to give in because he failed though or to fail to fix the problem that killed him.

Anonymous No. 21986 2018-04-01 : 00:00

As someone who works in automation, I would never trust automation with my life. Mr. Huang should have known better than to let his life to an automated vehicle.

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