Tesla's advanced assistance system, Autopilot, was active when Model 3, run by a 50-year-old man from Florida, crashed into a lorry on a trailer trailer on March 1, says the National Transportation Safety Board NTSB) in a report released on Thursday. Investigators examined video and preliminary vehicle data and found that neither the driver nor the autopilot "had been maneuvering for diversion" before they hit the truck.
NTSB released a preliminary report on Thursday for the ongoing investigation into the fatal, March 1, 2019, motorway crash near Delray Beach, Florida. The Preliminary Report is available at; https://t.co/KsUmeOFh2p
– NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) May 16, 2019
The driver, Jeremy Beren Banner, was killed in the crash. This is at least the fourth fatal collision of a Tesla vehicle with autopilot.
This catastrophe is ominously similar to another related to Tesla in 2016 near Gainesville, Florida. In this incident, Joshua Brown was killed when his Model S sedan faced a truck with a highway semitrailer in Florida in May 2016, making him the first known mortality in a semi-autonomous car.
The National Road Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that the "lack of guarantees" contributed to Brown's death. Meanwhile, today's report is only preliminary, and the NTSB refused to blame anyone.
Investigators say the Banner has included the Autopilot about 10 seconds before the clash. "From less than eight seconds before the crash to the point of impact, the car has not found the hand of the driver," said NTSB. The car was traveling at 68 mph when it crashed. The Model 3 roof was cut when it hit the trailer of the truck, passing from below and then stopped at 1600 meters. In a statement, Tesla confirmed this series of events. "We are deeply saddened by this incident and our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy," Tesla said. "Tesla drivers have registered more than a billion miles with Autopilot, and our data shows that when used properly by a careful driver who is ready to take control at any time, the drivers supported by Autopilot are safer of those who work without help. For the last three quarters we released quarterly safety data directly from our vehicles, which shows this. "
In addition to the two fatalities in Florida, Tesla's autopilot was involved in at least two other fatal crashes: March 23, 2018, death of Wei Walter Huang in Mountain View, California; and on 20 January 2016 the death of Gao Ying in Handan, China.
There were also several car crashes involving the Autopilot: one on January 22, 2018 with an autopilot and one on August 2017, including a fire in the battery. of its vehicles, and also beta testing of semi-autonomous functions of its customers – with occasional heavy consequences. The company sells a version of Autopilot called "Full Self-Driving", although drivers are constantly warned to keep their hands on the wheel and the eyes of the road when driving it. At an investor event in April, Musk said Tesla would have "a million" self-managed Tesla cars running as taxis by the end of 2020