The official conclusion: Tesla Model S had an accident on autopilotSeptember 7, 2019
The National Transportation Safety Council (NTSB) confirmed that the autonomous system was turned on when the Tesla Model S accelerated and crashed into the back of a fire engine parked on an American highway. The accident occurred at the beginning of last year.
The report notes that the driver’s hands were on the steering wheel for only 51 seconds in the nearly 14-minute interval before the collision. At the same time, in the last 3 minutes 41 seconds before the impact, the driver did not touch the steering wheel at all. “I had coffee and a bagel. And all I remember is that truck, and then just a blow to the face – and that’s all, ”the driver told investigators.
The car was traveling at an average speed of 34 km / h. Apparently, the sensors did not detect a stationary truck. Model S began to accelerate to a standard cruise control speed of 128 km / h, but a collision occurred at a speed of 50 km / h.
The accident is one of the cases that occurred with Tesla drivers who did not heed the company’s warning: Tesla requires monitoring the situation on the road and constantly being ready to take control. Tesla CEO Ilon Musk notes that some drivers are overly confident in technology by emitting visual and audible warnings that are activated when the driver takes his hands off the steering wheel.
According to rumors, the company is working on updating algorithms for an autonomous system to improve the recognition of stationary objects in the lane.
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