Tesla says a vehicle that was involved in a fatal accident last week operated on its "autopilot" system. In a blog post on the company's website, Tesla said on Friday that autopilot was busy in the moments before the collision, "set to minimum with the adaptive cruise control proximity control distance."
"The driver had received several visual and audible hands" A warning was earlier in the ride and the driver's hands were not detected on the steering wheel for six seconds before the collision, "the post said five seconds and 1
Tesla was investigatedthe deadly crash of his Model X last week in California. The National Road Safety Council has launched an investigation into the incident on Tuesday.
The victim was identified as 38-year-old Walter Huang from Foster City, reports CBS San Francisco. He leaves a wife and two children.
The vehicle was driving at "highway speed" on US-101 near Mountain View when it hit a barrier on March 23rd. The California Highway Patrol said the SUV caught fire. The 38-year-old driver was dragged out of the vehicle by rescuers and later died in a hospital.
Tesla's semi-autonomous system is designed to keep a vehicle centered in its lane at a certain distance from the vehicles in front and also to be able to change lanes and automatically decelerate.
Photos of the SUV show that the front of the vehicle has been extinguished. The bonnet was torn off and the front wheels were scattered on the highway. Two more cars were involved in the accident, but their drivers were not reported injured, the CHP said.
Tesla said in a statement earlier this week that it was "deeply distressed" about the crash. Tesla also said that his owners have driven the same distance with autopilot to approximately 85,000 times since 2015, and to his knowledge, there has never been an accident.
"The reason for this serious accident was that the accident damper, a highway safety barrier that reduces the impact on a concrete carriageway, was damaged in an accident without being replaced," said Tesla on Friday. The review continued. "In another crash, we've never seen this level of damage to a Model X before."
Congressional and federal agencies are studying how to regulate autonomous vehicles and systems with partially self-propelled systems.
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