In April 2021, a terrible accident occurred in the US state of Texas. A Tesla car with two passengers flew off the highway at high speed, crashed into a tree and began to burn. It took the firefighters 4 hours and more than 120 thousand liters of water to put out the fire. Subsequently, the burnt bodies of two men were found inside the car: the first was sitting in the front passenger seat, and the second – in the back. Before the trip, they told their wives that they wanted to ride the car and mentioned the autopilot system. There was really no one in the driver’s seat, so the media began to write that the accident was the fault of Tesla’s automatic driving system. Our editorial staff immediately had a question: how could the autopilot system be turned on if no one was driving? After all, Tesla cars carefully ensure that while driving on autopilot, a person sits in the driver’s seat and holds on to the steering wheel. A very mysterious story has happened – now I will tell you everything that is known at the moment.
Tesla crash in Texas
The fatal accident occurred on April 18 and became known about it thanks to The Verge… Two elderly men from the Texas city of Spring got into a car that did not fit into a turn and crashed into a tree. The police said that at the time of the accident, there was definitely no one in the driver’s seat. It has been argued that Tesla’s autopilot is to blame for the deaths of the men. Many people easily believed it, but the owners of electric cars from Elon Musk strongly disagreed with the police version.
The fact is that Tesla cars carefully ensure that the driver always sits behind the wheel and watches the road. If the driver’s seat does not feel the weight of a person in the driver’s seat, his face is not in the camera view and no one is holding the steering wheel – the autopilot simply does not work. All this is done because the system still cannot fully control the vehicle and must be constantly monitored. Tesla’s autopilot can only follow a given lane, park on its own, keep its distance from other cars and avoid collisions. In any dangerous situation, the driver must take control.
How to trick Tesla’s autopilot?
However, Tesla’s autopilot can be easily fooled. One of the popular hackers recently said that the system starts working if a photo of the driver is hung in front of the camera inside the car. Even if the image does not move, the software thinks that the person is watching the road closely. The hand tracking feature can be fooled by simply stuffing a large orange into the steering wheel. And the pressure sensors on the driver’s seat are simply turned off when deceived by the methods mentioned above.
Apparently, it was these tricks that were used by people who posted provocative videos with Tesla cars. In 2018, a man was stripped of his license for sitting in a passenger seat with his arms thrown back behind his head while driving an electric car. And in 2020, the blogger lay down to rest in the back seat while the car was driving on autopilot. True, it did not last long.
How safe is Tesla autopilot?
The accident in Texas is shrouded in mystery. Not only that, the Tesla car could not go on autopilot while the driver was in the passenger seat. Elon Musk generally said that the owner of the electric car did not buy the Full Self Driving feature, which costs $ 10,000. So at the moment it is impossible to answer exactly what happened on the Texas road. We could assume that the men were simply cheating on Tesla’s security system and resting in the passenger seats. But this is impossible if there was simply no autopilot in the car.
The fatal accident happened at a very inopportune time for Tesla. Many regulators began to seriously question the company’s autopilot safety. In March, the NHTSA began investigating 23 accidents involving Tesla vehicles that may have been the autopilot’s fault. There have been seven fatal accidents in the manufacturer’s vehicles in the past 5 years, with the autopilot system being blamed most.
In 2016, Tesla representatives boasted that their cars drove about 210 million kilometers with the autopilot on. In comparison, ordinary cars kill people every 97 million kilometers of total mileage. In 2017, the NHTSA administration confirmed this data – according to statistics, in Tesla cars with the autopilot on, airbags are deployed 40% less often. From this we can conclude that vehicles with an autopilot are safer than with manual driving. But it is too early to draw hasty conclusions and it is better to wait for the results of new investigations. In the aftermath of the April accident, such cases will clearly be closely scrutinized.
Most accidents in Tesla cars are people’s fault. The company is trying in every way to make sure that drivers follow the road even when the autopilot is on. But no – people want to outsmart technology and relax behind the wheel. In 2018, a Tesla car drove into a concrete divider and caught fire, after which the driver died in hospital. The investigation revealed that during the accident, the owner’s hands were not on the steering wheel and his attention was clearly directed to the smartphone. In 2016, another person crashed in a Tesla car – it turned out that in 37 minutes of the trip he held the steering wheel for only 25 seconds.
Finally, it is worth noting that the problem with Tesla cars is not only the autopilot. The company uses lithium-ion batteries for power supply, which can explode and burn from a strong shock even in the absence of oxygen. It took firefighters about 4 hours to put out a car in Texas. To do this, they had to call Tesla and consult with the company’s specialists.
iPhone 13 Pro: Force restart if device does not respond
The new iPhone 13 models are here and with them some users get their first iPhone without a home button in their hands. This also changes various gestures and functions. An example of this is forcing a restart, which is performed differently than it was just a few years ago.
If you switch from an iPhone 8 or iPhone SE (2nd generation) to a current iPhone model, you will quickly notice a lot of changes. In addition to the new gestures for returning to the home screen or opening the control center, the missing home button should be particularly noticeable. In the past, this controlled various functions such as Siri, the one-handed mode or the forced restart. The latter works completely differently with the new models and has a small side effect along the way. But one after another.
iPhone 13 (all models): How to force restart
Without a home button, Apple had to come up with a new alternative to force the devices to restart. The way is much more complex than before. While on the older models you only had to hold down the home button together with the power button, it now requires a small key combination. To restart an iPhone 13, briefly press the volume up button and release it again. Then press the volume down button in the same way. Finally, hold down the side button (power button) until the Apple logo appears on the display. You should not pay attention to any displays or changes on the screen during the processor.
Short version: Force restart the iPhone 13
- Briefly press the volume up button
- Briefly press the volume down button
- Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.
Quickly deactivate Face ID on the iPhone 13
Apple has integrated a function in iOS to quickly turn off Face ID. This means that it is not possible for other people (police, etc.) to unlock your iPhone by holding it in your face. To do this, simply press and hold a volume button together with the side button until your iPhone vibrates briefly but quickly. Then press either “Cancel” or the Page button again. Thanks to the vibration, you can also deactivate it in your pocket and know that it worked.
macOS Big Sur: Disable search suggestions in Safari – here’s how
Web browsers these days have a lot of cool features and capabilities that should make our life easier. Apple Safari is certainly no exception.
A lot is offered with many nice gimmicks such as the reading list or the reader display. Searching the net is also simple and can be started directly in the address bar. However, not every user wants the search suggestions equally, so we’ll show you how to disable the search suggestions in Safari.
Search engine suggestions can be scary at times. Thanks to the strong network, you now know exactly what we want to look for and then have the right answer ready before we could actually put the question to the end. This of course also has the advantage that we can get to our goal very quickly with these complex search algorithms and thus save a lot of time. But if you are one of those people who forego this convenience and want to increase data protection, we would be happy to explain how you can deactivate the search suggestions in Safari.
macOS Monterey: How to turn off search suggestions in Safari
Step 1: First open the Safari browser on the Mac, if you have not already done so. This is either located directly in the dock or can also be reached there via the “Programs” folder.
step 2: Now click on “Safari” in the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Settings”.
step 3: Then select the “Search” tab.
Step 4: You will then see a drop-down menu with the search engine – this is Google by default – and under it it says: “Include search engine suggestions”. Uncheck this entry.
Step 5: Below that you can remove the check mark in front of “Include Safari suggestions”.
Step 6: Now close the Safari settings menu and surf the web as usual with Safari.
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Apple ID: iOS 15 allows resetting with friends and family
If you lose access to your Apple ID, it’s a very messy business. It literally holds the Apple universe together. You can use it to make purchases from Apple, the App Store or the iTunes Store, manage your app subscriptions, access your iCloud data and much more. Fortunately, since iOS 15 you don’t need a second device of your own to reset your Apple ID and set a new password. The new operating system allows you to define a contact who, if necessary, can confirm your identity and thus give you access to your data again. Of course, you should think carefully about who is eligible for this position. This can be your best friend or family member. These should also have an iPhone or iPad with iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 and be older than 13 years.
How to set a reset contact for your Apple ID
Your Apple ID is not lost right away because you forgot your password. Establish a special “emergency contact” beforehand that will give you access to your Apple account again. To do this, open the Settings app and tap on your profile at the top before you select “Password & Security”. Then tap on “Account recovery”. Now select the option “Add contact”. Read the information about the function carefully. In the next step, you may be asked to update your devices. You can then specify a contact from your family group or from your contact list. You will only see qualified contacts. After your selection, a message will be sent to the selected person informing them of their new position.
How to remove a reset contact from your Apple ID
If you no longer want a certain person to allow you to reset your Apple ID, you can revoke this at any time. To do this, open the settings and tap on your Apple account at the top. Then select “Password & Security> Account Recovery”. Now tap on the person’s name and select “Remove contact”. The removed contact will be automatically notified of the change.
notice: The function is only available if all of your devices are running at least iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15 and watchOS 8. Make sure of this beforehand or remove the devices from your Apple ID if an update is not possible.
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