“The driver engaged the Autopilot about 10 seconds before the collision,” reads the NTSB report. “From less than 8 seconds before the crash to the time of impact, the vehicle did not detect the driver’s hands on the steering wheel.”
The roof of the Tesla was sheared off because it collided with a truck-tractor towing a semitrailer, killing the 50-year outdated man who was driving. The driver of the truck was unhurt. Neither driver “executed evasive maneuvers” in response to the report.
Based on gathered knowledge, the Tesla was touring at 68 miles per hour (13 mph above the velocity restrict) when the collusion occurred, and carried on for about 1,600 ft earlier than coming to a whole cease.
Similarities to 2016
The crash is similar to one other deadly accident, this time involving a Model S, that happened in 2016. Again, the Tesla struck a semitrailer truck, and once more Autopilot was engaged on the time of the collision.
However, as the Verge reports, immediately’s Tesla’s use a revamped, redesigned model of Autopilot that is considerably completely different from the one in use in 2016. The newest Autopilot has been developed in-house at Tesla.
After the 2016 crash, investigators decided that the Tesla did not see the white truck trailer in opposition to a shiny sky. It stays to be seen whether or not the identical downside is responsible on this newest case.
Tesla charges Autopilot as a Level 2 driving help characteristic, and says drivers have to be able to take the wheel always whereas Autopilot is engaged – when that is the case, fewer accidents occur, Tesla says.