NTSB Gathers Info on Tesla Autopilot Crash with Fireplace Engine

Whose fault? Tesla crashes into fire truck driver blames autopilot
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25 January, 2018

On Monday morning, a Tesla Model S slammed into a stationary firetruck at around 65mph on Interstate 405 in Culver City, California.

However, for now the auto company has limited itself to saying that Autopilot is "intended for use only with a fully attentive driver" and that it has instructed drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel while employing it. "Please stay alert while driving!" the union said in the tweet. Of course, as Tesla quickly noted, Autopilot (despite the name) is a driver assistance system that is no substitute for an attentive, er, human pilot. The company has repeatedly warned drivers in its owner's manual for concentrating on the road while exploiting the semi-autonomous Autopilot system.

The company has designed the Autopilot system in a way that if a driver repeatedly pay no attention to such warnings, the system would stop functioning and would not restart again during the trip. But that reliance was the result of Autopilot's design, which allowed for the driver to actually disengage from "the driving task" for prolonged periods of time, the board said.

Both emergency vehicles had their lights flashing, Powell added.

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Sadly, not all owners learned that lesson, as a wreck earlier this week ended up being bad enough to catch the attention of the National Transportation Safety Board. Quite a few other drivers have lodged complaints regarding this model of auto undergoing an accident while on Autopilot Mode.

Tesla's autopilot system, however, is still progressing and requires drivers to be prepared to grab the wheel and react to circumstances at all times.

The driver had a blood alcohol content almost double the legal limit and a tenuous relationship with consciousness when his auto slammed into the back of a parked firetruck on Interstate 405 in Culver City. The takeaway here is that the driver of the Tesla was clearly inattentive during the accident. In 2016, a Tesla Model S on "autopilot" was in use during a fatal crash in Florida. Previously, the NTSB linked Tesla's autopilot function to a in Florida in 2016 where a Model S driver died when his auto slid underneath a semi-trailer.


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