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Tesla Cars Will Self-Drive by The End of 2019, Musk Says

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk says he’s 100 percent certain his company’s cars will be fully self-driving by the end of this year, but that safety regulators stand in the way of allowing driverless cars to operate. Many Tesla cars are already largely self-driving. Those vehicles equipped with the “autopilot” feature already allow drivers to let their guard down and let go of the wheel while the vehicle steers, brakes, and navigates itself. But in a recent interview, Mr. Musk said that advances in technology would allow “the car to find you in a parking lot, pick you up ... Read More

Severely Injured Tesla Model S Driver Sues Over Autopilot Crash

When Shawn Hudson bought a 2017 Tesla Model S for his long commutes to and from work, he invested $5,000 for the autopilot add-on, convinced that it would make his four-hour drives easier. He never thought the safety feature would send his car into the path of a disabled vehicle while going 80 mph. Mr. Hudson survived the crash, but he suffers from severe and permanent brain and spinal injuries, according to a lawsuit he filed against Tesla. The basis of his complaint is that Tesla often describes its autopilot as a driver assistance feature, indicating that drivers need to ... Read More

Utah Driver Sues Tesla For Autopilot Crash

A Utah woman whose Tesla Model S sedan crashed into a firetruck near Salt Lake City in May is suing the automaker, claiming the vehicle’s Autopilot system drove her into stopped traffic. Heather Lommatzsch, 29, alleges in her lawsuit that Tesla salespeople told her when she was buying the car in 2016 that she would only need to touch the steering wheel occasionally with Autopilot activated. But instead of helping her avoid a collision, her vehicle drove her into the back of an idling firetruck, the lawsuit alleges according to the Associated Press. Tesla’s Autopilot is a semi-autonomous system that ... Read More

Tesla on Autopilot Slams into Tractor-Trailer in Utah

The driver of a Tesla Model S that slammed into the back of a firetruck in South Jordan, Utah, while traveling at 60 mph said the vehicle was operating in autopilot mode. The 28-year-old driver, a woman from Lehi, Utah, told crash investigators that the Tesla Model S was operating in autopilot – a semi-autonomous mode with crash-avoidance technology – when it collided with the firetruck. Eyewitnesses said the car never slowed down or swerved before impact. Incredibly, the woman escaped the high-speed crash with only a broken ankle, USA Today reports. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose company faces growing ... Read More

NTSB Boots Tesla From Model X Crash Investigation

Federal investigators have taken the rare action of removing Tesla as a party to an ongoing investigation of the fatal March 23 crash of a Tesla Model X in Mountain View, California. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Tesla Inc. violated investigative protocol by releasing information pertaining to the crash probe before it was vetted and approved by the NTSB officials. “Such releases of incomplete information often lead to speculation and incorrect assumptions about the probable cause of a crash, which does a disservice to the investigative process and the traveling public,” the NTSB said in a statement. ... Read More

Tesla on Autopilot Rams Highway Barrier, Killing Driver

Tesla has confirmed that the driver of a Model X who was killed in a violent highway crash in Mountain View, California, March 23 had his hands off the wheel and the SUV’s Autopilot engaged for several seconds before slamming into a barrier at 70 mph. Computer logs recovered from the wreckage show that Wei Huang, a 38-year-old Apple engineer and father of two, had his hands off the steering wheel for six seconds as he traveled along highway 101 toward a carpool lane on 85. A highway barrier separated the interchange, and the automated Tesla vehicle drove straight into ... Read More

NTSB Reports on Deadly Tesla ‘Autopilot’ Crash

A semi-autonomous Tesla Model S that crashed in Florida last year, killing its driver, had “operational limits” that played a major role in the accident, federal investigators said. The main shortcomings of Tesla’s semi-autonomous technology involved the vehicle’s inability to monitor and ensure driver attention, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found. Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, died when his semi-autonomous Tesla car failed to apply its brakes as a tractor-trailer turned left in front of it. The May 7 crash occurred on a divided highway in Williston, Florida. Mr. Brown’s death was the first death to occur in a self-driving ... Read More

NHTSA investigation results shed light on the first-ever death in a self-driving car

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) closed its investigation last week of a fatal crash between a tractor trailer and a Tesla Model S under autonomous control. The NHTSA investigation results shed light on the first-ever death in a self-driving car. At the time of the July 2016 incident, Righting Injustice reported the crash, which killed 40-year-old Joshua Brown on a divided highway in Williston, Florida, might have been caused by blaring sun blocking Brown’s and the Model S autopilot system from seeing the truck making a left turn in front of it. The NHTSA investigation revealed the crash ... Read More

Tesla confirms First-Ever driver death in Self-Driving Car

Tesla has confirmed the first-ever fatal accident involving an autonomous or “self-driving “ car occurred in May when a Tesla Model S operating in autopilot crashed into the side of a tractor trailer in Florida. Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, died when his autonomous Tesla car failed to apply its brakes as a tractor trailer turned left in front of it. The May 7 crash occurred on a divided highway in Williston, Fla. Tesla is one of several automakers and technology companies that have been testing “driverless” cars, which at this point can operate in autopilot mode with a ... Read More

Autopilot Problems Reported Before Deadly Orlando Crash, NTSB Says

Federal safety investigators say they haven’t yet determined what caused an experienced pilot to lose control of his private airplane and crash into an Orlando lake Nov. 20, but evidence so far indicates he was experiencing problems with the plane’s autopilot system. Robert Stimmel, 61, and his wife Maria Stimmel, 45, were killed when the six-passenger Beechcraft Bonanza flew out of control and nose-dived into Clear Lake about 12 minutes after taking off from Orlando Executive Airport at 11:27 a.m. The couple, residents of Washington State, was bound for Gainesville Municipal Airport in Texas. Mr. Stimmel frantically radioed air-traffic controllers ... Read More