Details of a fatal crash involving a Tesla in autonomous mode unveiledJune 8, 2018
The electric crossover Tesla Model X stepped off the track and crashed into the bump during unmanned operation and adaptive cruise control. The driver of the car died on the spot
The US National Transportation Safety Council disclosed the preliminary results of an investigation into a fatal crash involving the Tesla Model X crossover, which was in autopilot mode, a tragedy occurred on March 23 this year in California, CNN reported.
According to the agency, the Model X crossover got off the track and crashed into the bump during unmanned operation and adaptive cruise control. In this case, the owner of the electric car, 38-year-old Walter Huang did not keep his hands on the steering wheel of the car for the last six seconds before the accident. The report states that the system repeatedly warned him about this, but the requirements were ignored. In addition, the car moved with excess speeding.
The electric car, crashing into the road bump, caught fire. The driver of the electric crossover died on the spot. In Tesla itself they stated that they “never faced such serious damages of Model X in accidents”. The National Council of the United States on Transport Security, that conclusions about the causes of accidents are still early. All published by them is preliminary. Investigation of the tragedy continues.
Similar conclusions were reached by Tesla experts, who conduct their own investigation of the accident. The company emphasizes that the deceased Walter Huang turned on the unmanned mode a few minutes before the tragedy. In this case, despite repeated warnings of the system, the driver did not touch the steering wheel.
“The driver received several visual and one audio warning about the start of the autopilot. At the same time, his hands were on the steering wheel. However, until the moment of the accident, he did not do it, “the company said.
Also in the company reminded that the autopilot is an auxiliary function and requires the driver to keep his hands on the handlebars. The car constantly reminds of this and automatically slows down until the driver puts his hands on the steering wheel.
This is not the first road accident involving Tesla cars. The most notorious incident occurred on May 7 in the city of Williston, Florida. Then, as a result of the accident, the driver of the Tesla Model S died. The accident occurred when the freight van turned left in front of the car at the intersection. The investigation affected 25,000 models of Model S.
The company explained that neither the Tesla driver nor the autopilot noticed the white trailer of the wagon because of the bright light, so the brake was not applied. The high ground clearance of the trailer, its position on the track and the “extremely unusual circumstances” of the road accident led to the fact that the lower part of the wagon collided with the front glass of Model S, noted in Tesla. Later, the National Traffic Safety Administration on the US highway decided to stop the investigation of this road accident.