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NTSB Lists Tesla’s Autopilot as Factor in May 2016 Crash

Family declines to blame semi-autonomous system for death.

by on Sep.13, 2017

The Tesla Model S was completely destroyed in a May 2016 crash that killed Joshua Brown.

The National Traffic Safety Board completed its investigation into a fatal accident involving Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot system, determining while it was not the sole cause of the collision, it did play a role in the crash.

The new finding comes months after an initial report that found the fatal Florida crash in May 2016 likely could have been prevented if the driver had responded to warnings to put his hands back on the wheel, rather than relying on the Tesla sedan’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system.

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The new report claims “operational limitations” in the Model S driven by former Navy SEAL Joshua Brown played a “major role” in the collision a semi-truck crossing the road in front of the vehicle, according to Reuters. (more…)