Tesla 'autopilot' increased car's speed before fatal crash, says report

Tesla 'autopilot' increased car's speed before fatal crash, says report

The probe into a March crash of a Tesla Model X in Mountain View that killed the vehicle's driver took another turn Thursday as federal investigators said the auto was speeding and the driver didn't have his hands on the car's steering wheel during the last seconds leading up to the collision.

For Tesla to make affordable vehicles, "it is going to be important to localize production to at least a continent level", Musk said.

In the 60 seconds leading up to the crash, Huang did this on three occasions covering a total of 34 seconds, but was not touching it during the six seconds before impact.

Investigators said the Tesla slowed from 75 miles per hour to 65 miles per hour behind a slow-moving vehicle that struck the barrier at 71 miles per hour, which sheered off part of the auto.

The preliminary NTSB report released today does not assign blame for the crash, and officials say it may take a year or longer to determine the probable cause. The feature utilizes the electric cars' cameras and forward-facing radar, as well as 12 ultrasonic sensors, which allow the detection of both hard and soft objects near the vehicle.

Elon Musk has said Tesla will never build a motorcycle - because he was nearly killed riding one when he was 17. "The focus is on what led to this crash and how do we prevent it from happening again".

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Two other vehicles subsequently struck the Tesla, resulting in an additional injury. Elon Musk had stated before that Model Y will feature similar "Falcon Wing" doors that are a signature feature on the Tesla Model X.

A Tesla Model S crashed in Laguna Beach, California. In response, Tesla said in a statement that they have chosen to withdraw from the agreement and issued a statement defending themselves against "misleading claims that had been made about Autopilot".

Because Musk has continued to publicly release details about the crash, NTSB threatened to remove the company from the investigation. The system - which steers, brakes and accelerates in highway lanes - is created to deliver audible and visual alerts when the driver does not comply. "Never depend on Automatic Emergency Braking to avoid or reduce the impact of a collision".

Federal transportation investigators Thursday cited speeding and a lack of driver control in a fatal Tesla crash and fire on Highway 101 in March.

The agency also notes that after the fire had been extinguished and the Tesla taken to a pound, its battery started smoking and hissing that afternoon.

The National Transportation Safety Board's initial report also stated that the vehicle, a Tesla Model X, had the Autopilot function engaged ahead of the March 23 crash. "The battery was monitored with a thermal imaging camera, but no active fire operations were conducted".

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