Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Tesla driver in Utah 'Autopilot' crash had hands off wheel: Tesla

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Velma Reese | 17 May, 2018, 16:56

On more than a dozen occasions, the vehicle is said to have registered a total absence of hands on its wheel, and twice for periods exceeding a minute in length. Federal officials blamed the truck's driver for failing to yield, on the driver for relying too heavily on Autopilot, and on Elon Musk-led Tesla - the National Transportation Safety Board ruled that Autopilot contributed to the crash by allowing lengthy disengagement from the driving process, on a roadway unsuitable for the semi-autonomous-driving system.

The driver had previously told police that she had engaged the autopilot and was "looking at her phone prior to the collision".

Police said the Tesla driver, a 28-year-old Lehi woman, admitted to using the autopilot feature at the time of the crash.

Tesla advises drivers that they must keep their hands on the steering wheel and pay attention at all times while using Autopilot, which the company says does not make the vehicle "autonomous".

The police said the Tesla Model S during that day's trip registered more than a dozen instances of the driver's hands being off the steering wheel. The woman told police the car's autopilot technology was on at the time of the crash. The driver of the Unified fire vehicle was examined for whiplash-related injuries at the scene but was not taken to the hospital for treatment.

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The teacher was identified as agriculture teacher Dewie Brewton , according to the Ocala Star-Banner. It still does make me sick to my stomach", said the mother, who did not want to be identified.

AEB is "designed to automatically engage the brakes to reduce the impact of an unavoidable frontal collision with another vehicle" and therefore, drivers should never rely on it to always save them from a crash.

The Autopilot system includes visual and audio warnings to drivers when they remove their hands from the wheel. She was issued a traffic infraction for failing to keep proper lookout.

The "superior" rating which Model 3 has achieved for IIHS' front crash prevention tests is the same as the rating already achieved by Tesla's Model S and Model X electric vehicles. "She did not touch the steering wheel for the next 80 seconds until the crash happened".

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sent its special crash investigations team to the state, the agency said as details about the Friday evening crash became public Wednesday. The 28-year-old driver, who said she was going about 60 miles per hour, sustained a broken ankle while the truck's driver suffered minor injuries.

With those types of crashes, people often bring up the fact that there's a defect because the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system didn't prevent the crash, but it is not created to stop crashes in all conditions. "About 1 minute and 22 seconds before the crash, she re-enabled Autosteer and Cruise Control, and then, within two seconds, took her hands off the steering wheel again".

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