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Investigators cite human error in Tesla crash

Investigators cite human error in Tesla crash”

The driver's "lack of engagement" suggests an over-reliance on the Autopilot system, NTSB investigators said.

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.

The limits on the autonomous driving system include factors such as Tesla being unable to ensure driver attention even when the auto is traveling at high speeds, ensuring Autopilot is used only on certain roads and monitoring driver engagement, NTSB said.

Telsa told owners the automated systems should only be used on limited access highways, but didn't include protections against their use on other types of roads. The Board had previously determined the crash was not the result of a defect in the system. They believe Brown and his auto simply failed to see the truck in the moment before the crash.

"As you will hear today, this vehicle's driver-assistance features were not intended for use under all circumstances and, what's more, they were not intended for use on all roads", NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said in opening remarks at the hearing to find the cause of the accident.

The limitations on Tesla's automation system played a significant role in the collision, Sumwalt said.

Investigators will meet to determine the likely cause of a crash previous year that killed a man using the semi-autonomous driving systems of his Tesla Model S sedan.

According to commentators, the recommendations and findings of the safety board could have implications for AV systems on vehicles and trucks, and it comes as Congress is debating legislation to spur development of autonomous vehicle systems.

The vehicle was set to cruise control at 74 miles per hour, above the speed limit, moments before the crash.



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