Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Utah Tesla driver had hands off wheel before crash

US safety agency sends team to investigate Tesla crash Tesla confirms Utah driver engaged autopilot functions before slamming into firetruck
Frank Williams | 17 May, 2018, 16:54

It is the third Tesla crash since January that the NHTSA is investigating that may have been linked to autopilot. He argued that the media reports disproportionately stress the dangers by Tesla owners, though later conceding that the system still could be improved.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Wednesday that it was sending a team to investigate the crash of a Tesla Inc vehicle last week in Utah that occurred while the auto was in Autopilot mode.

The aftermath of the crash is pictured above.

"This is consistent with her admission that she was looking at her phone at the time", police said.

The driver engaged Autosteer and Traffic Aware Cruise Control on multiple occasions during this drive cycle.

A Tesla spokesperson issued a statement saying the company makes it clear Autopilot is not meant to serve as self-driving technology and that drivers must remain engaged with the vehicle at all times. On more than a dozen occasions, the auto is said to have registered a total absence of hands on its wheel, and twice for periods exceeding a minute in length. Each time she put her hands back on the wheel, she took them back off the wheel after a few seconds. "She did not touch the steering wheel for the next 80 seconds until the crash happened".

The vehicle was traveling at about 60 miles per hour when the crash happened. This is the speed the driver selected. According to the summary released by police, the driver pressed on the brake herself "fractions of a second prior to the crash" and the vehicle had not slowed down from the speed she had set for cruise control.

"When using Autopilot, drivers are continuously reminded of their responsibility to keep their hands on the wheel and maintain control of the vehicle at all times", the spokeswoman said.

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NHTSA is also investigating a fatal crash in March that involved a Tesla Model X using Autopilot.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Wednesday it has launched an investigation into a rear-end collision involving a Tesla in South Jordan, Utah, the Associated Press reported.

It's now your nearly weekly reminder that you need to stay attentive on Autopilot and that rules of the road still apply.

The report appears to highlight a serious problem with the semi-autonomous-driving system the Palo Alto electric vehicle maker controversially chose to call "Autopilot": humans.

NHTSA's special crash team is not the same as the agency's Office of Defect Investigation.

It's unclear if that system activated before the Utah crash.

Tesla says the system is not created to avoid a collision and warns drivers not to rely on it entirely; it's unclear if the system activated before this crash.

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