The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that Tesla’s Autopilot system was partially at fault for a fatal accident in which a Model S collided with a truck.
Federal investigators say a Tesla “lacked understanding” of the semi-Autonomous Autopilot its limits.
The NTSB recommended that car manufacturers and Supervisory authorities shall take measures to ensure that such systems are not abused.
He said the collision should never have happened.
The crash in may of 2016, led to the death of Tesla driver, Joshua Brown, 40. The driver of the truck that pulled a trailer, was uninjured.
“In this crash, the Tesla’s system worked as designed, but it is designed for limited tasks in a limited range of environments,” Christopher Hart, a member of the NTSB said in a meeting, the results of their investigation.
“Tesla allows the driver to use the system, outside the environment for which it was developed, and the system has much more room to the driver to divert his attention to something other than driving a car.”Semi-Autonomous driving
In June, the NTSB published a 500-page report says that in 37 minutes, Mr. Brown had his hands up on the wheel for only 25 seconds.
At the time, said the truck driver the Associated Press that Mr Brown had watched a Harry Potter movie, when the collision occurred.
But the NTSB said today that there is no evidence that Mr. Brown was watching a movie while he drove.
The safety board added that the truck driver refused to be interviewed for his research.Primary Factors
The NTSB found that Mr brown and the truck driver had acted to afford sufficient visibility, time for a party, in order to prevent the collision.
The investigation revealed that Mr Brown’s inattention and the driver of the truck, the lack of willingness to use, were the primary factors for the crash.
The investigators could not find a reason why Mr brown was inattentive.
However, they confirmed that none of the drivers was tired or affected by alcohol and drugs, and none of the drivers was distracted by a mobile device.
After the meeting, the NTSB said its report contains seven recommendations require automobile manufacturers to add safety precautions to prevent automated vehicle control systems are used, they have been designed outside the conditions for which.
Tesla has yet to respond to the NTSB findings.