New York (The Verge) — Tesla’s Autopilot lulled driver into a state of “inattention” in 2018 freeway crash theverge.com/2019/9/4/20849….
The driver of a Tesla Model S who crashed into a fire truck on a California freeway last year was not paying attention to the road thanks to “overreliance” on Autopilot, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
The crash took place January 22nd, 2018, when a Tesla Model S P85 smashed into a Culver City Fire Department truck that was parked diagonally across the southbound high-occupancy vehicle lane of Interstate 405. The fire truck was responding to a vehicle collision in the northbound lane. The driver of the Model S has not been identified.
No one was injured in the crash, but the driver’s use of Autopilot has brought regulator and media attention to the incident. There have been a number of reports of Tesla owners who were using Autopilot at the time of a crash, as well as a handful of people who have been killed. Tesla has consistently said that drivers who use Autopilot are safer than those who don’t. — Andrew J. Hawkins/@verge