In the latest exchange between Mobileye and Tesla, however, the chip company has accused Tesla of lying. “The allegations recently attributed to a spokesperson for Tesla … are incorrect and can be refuted by the facts,” Mobileye said in a statement.
Tesla was “pushing the envelope in terms of safety,” the company’s chairman and CTO Amnon Shashua said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday. “It [the autopilot system] is not designed to cover all possible crash situations in a safe manner … It is a driver assistance system and not a driverless system,” he said.
While the assisted-driving technology is undoubtedly impressive, Mobileye says it was very unhappy when Tesla started suggesting it would allow customers to drive their car hands-free. Brown was thought to be watching a movie when the crash happened.
“It has long been Mobileye’s position that Tesla’s Autopilot should not be allowed to operate hands-free without proper and substantial technological restrictions and limitations,” said the company’s most recent statement, adding: “In communications dating back to May 2015 between Mobileye Chairman and Tesla’s CEO, Mobileye expressed safety concerns regarding the use of Autopilot hands-free.”
Mobileye claims that after the crash, it had a face-to-face meeting with Musk in which he promised that the autopilot would be “hands on.” But then Musk reneged on the agreement, it says, and offered a hands-free activation mode.
Sounds pretty typical of Elon Musk