The driver of the vehicle, who was reportedly unharmed by the accident, allegedly claimed that the electric auto was on Autopilot when the collision happened. "Amazingly there were no injuries". A spokesperson for the National Traffic Safety Board did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while a Tesla spokesperson declined to comment. No one was injured, and there was no immediate confirmation of the driver's autopilot claim.
"System safeguards were lacking", NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said.More news: North Korean athletes will compete at Winter Olympics
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Does autopilot absolve driver who drives...
As much as brilliant mind Elon Musk wants to better out future, one thing I know for certain is that I would rather always be the one handling my vehicle and not leave it up to "autopilot".
Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old OH man, was killed near Williston, Florida, when his Model S collided with a truck while it was engaged in the Autopilot mode.
In the past, NTSB testing found that Tesla's Autopilot system "avoided crashes for the majority of rear-end scenarios", but while the NHTSA decided Autopilot wasn't responsible for the fatal 2016 crash, the NTSB believed it was a contributing factor.
The NTSB said Tesla could have taken further steps to prevent the system's misuse, and faulted the driver for not paying attention. In other words, the system is only created to reduce the driver's workload by taking over repetitive and mundane tasks like staying in the lane and avoiding other moving cars.