You mean like the same "failure" mode that crashed the Tesla into the semi? Yes, that failure mode is (was) in all of them, but only one out of the thousands on the road managed to trip the scenario that caused a crash.
Yes, a failure mode that exists in all implementations, so claiming it was "just one" so it's not a problem IS a problem.
but only one out of the thousands on the road managed to trip the scenario that caused a crash.
1. So far.
2. It was an unknown problem until it happened, just like the next problem will be, and the one after that, and the one after that. Trying to claim that this is the only problem there will ever be and everything will be unicorns and pixie dust after this one vehicle with just one problem is fixed is ridiculous. That is exactly the kind of claim being made when claims of unrealizable safety are made regarding autonomous vehicles.
Further, while an alert, attentive driver could have avoided the collision,
Not when his perfectly safe autonomous vehicle has no steering wheel or pedals.
there are plenty of less-alert, distracted drivers out there
Yes, we know, humans make mistakes, so it is ok that we deliberately create autonomous systems that will make mistakes and use smoke and mirrors to try to hide the unsafe situations that those systems have already demonstrated. It is ok to turn everyone into innocent victims reliant on some distant computer engineer to understand the full ramifications of any tiny change to the system instead of keeping some human responsible for the stupid mistakes he makes.
And baring a true mechanical issue (that can occur in all cars), there's no need for massive recalls in case of a software glitch, just download the latest update into the car's computer overnight
Are you truly ignorant of the safety issues such a system has, over and above the safety issues that it is trying to resolve? Do the words "windows" and "ten" not mean anything, that we'd want to create such a large scale problem with two-ton rolling steel missles instead of just a laptop computer?
and the next morning everyone's good to go.
"Preparing your car for updates, please do not shut the car off. Processing update 2 of 318 ..." OMG.