Tesla’s latest car accident death investigation: Autopilot system activation status


[Global Network Comprehensive Report] According to US media reports on May 16, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced the preliminary investigation report of the latest car accident in Tesla in March this year. The results showed that the Autopilot assisted driving system of the Tesla vehicle was activated at the time of the accident. This is the third fatal car accident associated with the Tesla Autopilot system.

The car accident in March occurred on Interstate 441 on Delray Beach, Florida. The Tesla Model 3 hit a semi-trailer, and the Model 3 hit the semi-trailer from the side and was drilled from the bottom of the car, cutting off the roof. The 50-year-old Tesla driver died on the spot.

According to the NTSB report: “Based on surveillance video from the region and on-board camera recordings from Tesla vehicles, the semi-trailer slows down as it crosses the lane, blocking the path of Tesla. The driver starts about 10 seconds before the crash. In the Autopilot system, the vehicle did not detect the driver’s hand on the steering wheel for nearly 8 seconds before the crash occurred. Tesla’s speed was 109 km/h at the time of the accident, 20 km higher than the regional speed limit. / / “The preliminary data and video did not indicate that the driver or Autopilot driving system performed the evasive operation,” the report added.

The accident was very similar to the first fatal accident associated with the Tesla Autopilot system. The first accident was a Model S colliding with a semi-trailer. At the time, the vehicle used Tesla’s first-generation Autopilot system, and the Model3 in the accident used a more powerful HW2.5 system that was put into use in 2017. The former uses a single front camera, while the latter has three front-facing cameras for wider field of view.


Post time: May-20-2019