Detroit– A Tesla vehicle involved in a deadly collision with a truck in Florida was in autopilot, a determined federal investigation.
Model 3 was under the truck and its driver died in the accident of March 1st. It was an incredibly similar event to another that occurred on the other coast of Florida in 2016, when the car was also driven automatically.
In both cases, neither the driver nor the Autopilot system braked in front of the truck, and in both cases the vehicles lost the roof.
The event at Delray Beach, investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), raises doubts about the effectiveness of the autopilot, which uses cameras. radar and computer to detect nearby objects and escape them. The system also allows the vehicle to remain in its lane, change lanes and maneuver the platforms between the roads.
Tesla insists that the system was created only to assist the driver, who must always be alert and ready to intervene.
In a preliminary report on the March 1 event, the NTSB stated that the vehicle videos and data show that the driver applied the autopilot about 10 seconds before the impact. In the eight seconds before the accident, the driver's hands were not detected on the steering wheel, according to the NTSB.
Neither videos nor electronic data show that there was an attempt to stop the vehicle when the truck approached, the report said.
Model 3 was going 68 miles now when it hit the truck on Highway 441 where the speed limit was 55 miles per hour, the document said. The driver Jeremy Beren Banner, 50, lost his life.
On Thursday, Tesla issued a statement saying that Banner did not use the autopilot at any other time on that trip. Data show that he took his hands off the wheel immediately after activating Autopilot, according to the statement.
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