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Tesla's Autopilot system failed to prevent a crash according to a report by the NTSB. The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) has released a preliminary report on a Tesla crash that led to the death of its driver.
According to the report, the car was on Autopilot (Autonomous) mode when the crash took place and the car failed to prevent it. The incident happened at Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida on 01 March 2019.
NTSB issued preliminary report Thursday for its ongoing investigation of the fatal, March 1, 2019, highway crash near Delray Beach, Florida. The preliminary report is available at; https://t.co/KsUmeOFh2p— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) May 16, 2019
The car in question is a Model 3 and it collided with a semi-trailer truck crossing the road. Footage from nearby surveillance cameras and also from the Tesla's front camera shows that the truck slowed down in front of the Tesla and blocked its path.
The Tesla Model 3 then went under the trailer after crashed into the left side. The sole occupant of the Tesla Model 3 was a 50-year-old driver who was killed in the crash. According to the report, the driver had engaged the Autopilot system just 10 seconds before the crash and had not touched the steering wheel since.
The report also revealed that neither the Tesla Autopilot, nor the driver did anything to avoid crashing into the truck. In-fact, the Tesla Model 3 came to a halt nearly 500 metres after it first crashed.
The NTSB report also mentions that the Tesla Model 3 was travelling at 109km/h when the accident occurred. This is not the first of such incidents. The NTSB has probed two other fatal incidents involving a Tesla car on Autopilot mode.
One of it took place in 2017 and the other in 2018. The March 2019 crash though has received just the preliminary report. The NTSB will investigate the crash further and a final report will be put out later.
Thoughts On Fatal Tesla Crash While On Autopilot Mode
Tesla pioneered autonomous driving systems on production cars and the American car manufacturer has so far delivered thousands of Tesla cars with Autopilot mode. Most of these cars are working perfectly fine and only a few cases of a malfunctioning Autopilot have appeared.
However, these are some serious cases that have lead to deaths and it could make people lose their trust in the futuristic products from Tesla. We sure hope Tesla is watching and is doing something about it.