Tesla's Autopilot Engaged in Fatal Florida Crash, Finds NTSB

Autopilot was active when a Tesla crashed into a truck killing driver

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The crash is the latest Tesla accident under investigation by the NTSB and is strikingly similar to a 2016 case in which a Model S hit the side of a truck without braking.

The NTSB preliminary report on the March 1 collision doesn't spell out what the car's sensors detected as the vehicle approached the truck. "Neither the preliminary data nor the videos indicate that the driver or the ADAS executed evasive maneuvers", the report stated.

In that crash, the driver of a 2015 Tesla Model S collided with the trailer of a semi that had swung wide to the right lane to make a left-hand turn. Note that this is not enough information to say the driver definitely took his hands off the wheel; it only means the vehicle did not detect any torque from the driver's hands.

The Model 3 was going 68 miles per hour when it hit the trailer on USA 441, and the speed limit was 55 mph, the report said.

Video footage showed that the truck was crossing the highway and had slowed as it crossed the southbound lanes of State Highway 441 in Palm Beach County, blocking the Tesla's path. The Tesla continued driving for several blocks before it came to a stop after the crash.

The accident, which involved the Tesla Model 3 driving into and then under a semi's trailer, saw the Tesla's roof sheared completely off the vehicle and its occupant instantly killed.

According to NTSB investigators, Tesla's advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), Autopilot, was engaged about 10 seconds before impact.

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NTSB noted in its final 2017 report into the 2016 crash that the driver was over reliant on Tesla's Autopilot, which was also engaged when it crashed. "Autopilot had not been used at any other time during that drive".

In response to the NTSB preliminary findings, a Tesla spokesperson in an email Thursday said, "We are deeply saddened by this accident and our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy".

A precedent: This is the third Tesla crash of this type. But hopefully this can be a reminder that no auto on the market right now can drive itself, no matter what any company's CEO may say or do.

According to the NTSB preliminary report, citing data from the vehicle, supplied with cooperation from Tesla, the vehicle was traveling 68 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone, and the sole-occupant driver, 50-year-old Jeremy Banner, had engaged Autopilot about 10 seconds before the crash.

"For the past three quarters we have released quarterly safety data directly from our vehicles which demonstrates that", asserted the automaker. A research paper released earlier this year by MIT scientists studying Tesla's driving-assistance system found that in the context of "tricky situations" - scenarios that may lead to property damage, injury or death - drivers disengaged Autopilot on average every 9.2 miles.

Tesla further noted that its drivers have logged more than a billion miles with Autopilot engaged, and that drivers supported by Autopilot are safer than those without the systems' assistance.

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