Tesla driver had her hands off wheel before crash

Tesla driver had her hands off wheel before crash

Another Tesla Model S has been involved in an accident with Autopilot engaged, raising more questions about how humans interact with semi-autonomous driver assist systems. The 28-year-old driver, who said she was going about 60 miles per hour, sustained a broken ankle while the truck's driver suffered minor injuries.

The driver, who suffered a broken foot in the accident, has not been identified. The family of driver Walter Huang alleged that he had taken the vehicle in to the dealer several times, and had complained that Autopilot kept steering him toward the same barrier he ended up hitting.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration confirmed on Wednesday that it has already deployed a team of special crash investigators that will look into a Tesla Model S crash.

"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", said a Tesla spokeswoman. She was issued a traffic infraction for failing to keep proper lookout. She took her hands off the wheel more than a dozen times, twice for more than a minute each. She manually pressed on the brake just before the crash. Federal officials blamed the truck's driver for failing to yield, on the driver for relying too heavily on Autopilot, and on Elon Musk-led Tesla - the National Transportation Safety Board ruled that Autopilot contributed to the crash by allowing lengthy disengagement from the driving process, on a roadway unsuitable for the semi-autonomous-driving system.

South Jordan police released a summary of findings from the vehicle Wednesday showing the driver hadn't touched the Model S's steering wheel for 80 seconds before hitting the truck at a red light.

US safety agency sends team to investigate Tesla crash

Tesla's Autopilot relies on a system of radar, cameras with 360-degree visibility and sensors to detect nearby objects and perform basic functions such as parking, steering and emergency braking, which Tesla advertises as being able to "detect objects and automatically apply brakes to help avoid or lessen impact". "Based upon witness information, the driver of the Tesla did not brake or take any action to avoid the collision", a statement from South Jordan Police said.

According to the results shared by the organization, which is presently carrying out safety tests of the Model 3, the electric vehicle from Tesla Motors has achieved a 'superior rating for front crash prevention'.

The SCI also collects relevant data like vehicle, occupants, injury mechanisms, roadway, and safety systems, which are all obtained from 100 crashes that they will study annually, according to the NHTSA.

Also in March, an Arizona pedestrian was killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle with a backup driver behind the wheel. It marks at least the third investigation into crashes involving the company's cars since March.

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