Driver in Fatal Tesla Crash was Speeding Even though on Autopilot: NHTSA

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The National Transportation Security Board didn’t assign any blame in its initial report into the fatal May possibly 7 crash of a Tesla Model S, but did confirm new particulars.

The agency claims Joshua Brown’s vehicle was in Autopilot mode at the time of the crash, and was travelling above the 65 mile per hour speed limit ahead of colliding with a tractor-trailer, according to Reuters.

Both the NTSB and National Highway Targeted traffic Security Administration are investigating the crash, billed as the first fatality involving a self-driving car. Significantly of the investigation’s focus is on what function the semi-autonomous Autopilot technique had on the crash.

According to the NTSB’s findings, the Traffic-Conscious Cruise Control and Autosteer lane-maintaining program on Brown’s vehicle have been activated at the time of the crash. Tesla admitted that the vehicle’s Autopilot didn’t recognize the truck as it crossed the highway in front of Brown. The vibrant sunlight reflecting off the side of the trailer confused the program.

Besides that, the preliminary report located that Brown’s vehicle was going 74 miles per hour. Even though it is above the speed limit on that highway, numerous drivers set their cruise handle to nine miles per hour more than the limit to make time and avoid speeding tickets.

An NTSB official said speeding could have contributed to the crash, but is not the result in. A full report is due a year from now.

The collision sheared off the best of Brown’s Tesla, which traveled 297 feet following exiting from underneath the trailer. The Model S then hit a power pole, snapping it, ahead of coming to rest 50 feet away. Truck driver Frank Baressi claimed he heard the film Harry Potter playing in the wreckage, but police stated the portable DVD player and laptop located in the car weren’t running soon after the crash.

Baressi hasn’t been charged by Florida police.

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