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Tesla Driver was Playing a Game on His Phone When He Crashed


March 06, 2020

USA- Northwestgeorgianews.com writes that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a report regarding a fatal crash involving a Tesla. The incident took place in Silicon Valley in 2018 when the driver, who was using the vehicle’s autopilot system collided with a concrete barrier. *

In addition to indicating that the Tesla’s autopilot failed to maintain the driver’s lane or to recognize the barrier, the NTSB report found that the motorist was using his phone to play a game prior to the deadly wreck. Officials continue to point out that Tesla’s autopilot system does not make the vehicle an automated self-driving car. Drivers are meant to pay attention to the road and use the system as a safety backup. However, many drivers continue to rely on the systems to do more than they were intended to do. 

A spokesperson for the NTSB released a statement reminding drivers that they cannot watch movies, read books, or play video games while allowing a partially automated vehicle to drive. 

When the fatal crash took place, the Tesla steered itself off of the roadway and struck the end of a concrete barrier after accelerating to 71 miles per hour. The automatic brakes did not engage. The driver also did not brake or steer the car back into its lane. 

According to the victim’s family, he had previously complained that the vehicle had trouble at the same location as the deadly crash eventually took place. The report states that the vehicle should have better safeguards in place to ensure drivers are paying attention and not allowing the car to take over. Tesla has not responded to the recommendations. 

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Source:https://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/associated_press/ntsb-driver-in-fatal-tesla-crash-was-playing-video-game/article_b28af07e-dcc0-5e93-bd14-12143b63bdf7.html

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