As per a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Thursday, it was stated that the Autopilot mode was active in its Tesla’s Model 3. The Model 3 was being driven by a 50 year old man before it crashed into the side of a tractor-trailer truck on 1st March.
Investigators, who inspected the video and preliminary data from the vehicle, discovered that neither the driver nor Autopilot performed vague maneuvers before hitting the truck.
The driver, Jeremy Beren Banner, got killed in the crash. It is at least the fourth fatal crash of a Tesla vehicle which involved Autopilot. Mr. Banner was driving Model 3 on a divided four-lane highway in Palm Beach County, Florida. The Tesla was moving at a speed of 68mph (110km/h) and slipped under the truck’s trailer. The trailer nipped the top of the car, killing Banner.
This crash is strangely similar to another one which also involves a Tesla in 2016 near Gainesville, Florida. In that incident, Joshua Brown was killed when his Model S sedan clashed with a semitrailer truck on a Florida highway in May 2016, becoming the first known fatality in a semi-autonomous car.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ascertained that a “lack of safety” lead to Brown’s death. Meanwhile, latest report is just precursory, and the NTSB refused to place blame on anyone.
Examiners stated that Banner engaged Autopilot about 10 seconds before the crash. They stated from less than 8 seconds before the collision to the time of impact, the vehicle did not notice the driver’s hands on the steering wheel.
In a statement, Tesla affirmed that with the array of events, the company is deeply saddened by the accident and their thoughts are with each one impacted by this tragedy,” Tesla drivers have logged over one billion miles with Autopilot engaged, and Tesla’s data reveals that, when used proper manner by an attentive driver who is prepared to take control at all times, drivers supported by Autopilot can be more safe than those operating without assistance.