NTSB: Autopilot was in use before Tesla hit semitrailer
Thursday, 16 May 2019 DETROIT (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says Tesla's Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system was in use when one of its cars drove beneath a semitrailer in Florida in March, killing the driver.
The crash involving the Tesla Model 3 is strikingly similar to a 2016 crash near Gainesville, Florida, that also killed the driver. In both cases, neither the system nor the drivers stopped before the cars ran into semitrailers.
The March 1 crash in Delray Beach that killed 50-year-old Jeremy Beren Banner raises questions about the effectiveness of the system four years after it went on the market.
Tesla says Autopilot is a driver-assist system and that humans still need to be ready to intervene.
The March crash remains under investigation by the NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A Tesla Model S involved in a fatal crash with a semitrailer in Florida March 1 was operating on the San Francisco Bay Area-based automaker's semi-autonomous Autopilot system, federal investigators have determined. Kiet Do reports. (5-16-19)