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Tesla Not At Fault In Self-Driving Car Crash

Shelby Chau / July 19, 2017

In May of 2016, a former Navy SEAL named Joshua Brown was driving a Tesla Model S when his car collided with a tractor-trailer.


Since then, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated and from that, produced a 538-page report which outlined the details of the crash which is believed to be the first deadly crash that involves an American driver using a self-driving vehicle to handle the steering, acceleration and braking.


The report cleared Tesla in the crash and reported that there were no defects in their self-driving system and the death was due to driver error.


In the crash, the semi-truck crossed into the Tesla’s path, but Brown was not manning the wheel at the time. Tesla has always maintained that drivers should be keeping their hands on the wheel, in case manual control is needed at any given time. The report also stated that several warnings were issued – seven visual warnings for “Hold Steering Wheel” were displayed on the instrument panel. Six audible follow-up warnings were also ignored.


Of the 41 minutes that Brown was in the self-driving vehicle, he used the self-driving feature for 37.5 and only had his hands on the wheel for half a minute.


If you plan to use a Tesla’s self-driving features in the future, make sure you keep your hands on the wheel.


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