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US Safety Board Opens Probe of Second Tesla Autopilot Crash

US Safety Board Opens Probe of Second Tesla Autopilot Crash

Model S sedan that rear-ended a firetruck on a freeway near Los Angeles on Monday, the agency said. This is in line with last year's National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Tesla report, which was delivered after a fatal Tesla crash in 2016.

A Tesla Model S crashed into a fire truck while driving down a California highway, according to Culver City, California, firefighters. The board advised Tesla to make a number of changes to the Autopilot system to make it safer and the carmaker did make a few. "Amazingly there were no injuries!"

The California Highway Patrol of San Fransisco Tweeted today that a man arrested on the Bay Bridge and charged with suspicion of DUI, woke up (police say he was passed out) and told them his Tesla was on Autoplot.

The unidentified motorist claims that the vehicle was functioning on autopilot at the time of the crash, but officials are still unable to confirm this.

In its owner's manual, Tesla repeatedly warns drivers to pay attention to the road while using the semi-autonomous Autopilot system.

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There's no word on whether or not the auto was actually in autopilot mode but a Tesla spokesperson told the publication that "autopilot is intended for use only with a fully attentive driver".

One of NTSB's key findings in the 2016 accident was that the Tesla automation system wasn't created to detect a truck crossing in front of it. Driver explained Tesla had been set on autopilot. As a result, the car's auto-braking never activated and it slammed full speed into the side of the truck.

"We aimed for a very simple, clean design, because in the future - really, the future being now - the cars will be increasingly autonomous", Musk said in July, according to The Washington Post's Peter Holley.

After the fatal crash in Florida, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tesla's Autopilot system was not created to - or just not able to - identify a truck crossing its path that it ended up hitting. This means that Tesla's autopilot is "driver-assisted" technology that requires drivers to always be fully aware and ready to take control to the steering wheel and pedals.


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