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Shouldn't the car be able to prevent unintended acceleration?
depends.... the accelerator pedals in Model S, X and 3 vehicles have two independent position sensors. If there is any error, the system defaults to cut off motor torque and applying the brake pedal simultaneously with the accelerator pedal will override the accelerator pedal input and cut off motor torque, and regardless of the torque, sustained braking will stop the car. Tesla also uses Autopilot sensor suite to help distinguish potential pedal misapplications and cut torque to mitigate or prevent accidents when they are confident the driver’s input was unintentional. Each system is independent and records data, so tesla can examine exactly what happened.
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