NTSB: Tesla Autopilot Played a Role in 2016 Fatal Crash

Posted by Megalith 10:05 AM (CDT)

Tuesday September 12, 2017

Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that the investigative staff of the US National Transportation Safety Board would recommend that Tesla’s Autopilot system be declared a contributing factor in the fatal Florida crash between a Model S and truck. The latest tweets from NTSB confirm this decision: the board is partly blaming Tesla’s Autopilot system for the accident, having determined that the Autopilot’s "operational limitations played a role" in the crash even though it "functioned as designed." allowed the driver to go for long periods without steering or apparently even looking at the road, according to a person briefed on the findings. The safety board’s findings and recommendations could have broad implications for how self-driving technology is phased in on vehicles and trucks, and it comes as Congress is debating legislation to spur autonomous vehicle systems. Tech and auto companies are pouring billions of dollars into a race to develop self-driving vehicles, which carmakers from Tesla to Volvo Cars say could be deployed in less than 10 years.