Tesla said on Friday of which a Tesla type X involved a fatal crash in California last week had activated its Autopilot system, raising brand new questions about the semi-autonomous system of which handles some driving tasks.
Tesla also said vehicle logs coming from the accident showed no action had been taken by the driver soon before the crash along with of which he had received earlier warnings to put his hands on the wheel.
“The driver had about 5 seconds along with 150 meters of unobstructed view of the concrete divider with the crushed crash attenuator, yet the vehicle logs show of which no action was taken,” Tesla said.
The statement did not say why the Autopilot system apparently did not detect the concrete divider.
The fatal crash along with vehicle fire of the Tesla near Mountain View, California, involved two some other cars along with delayed traffic for hours. The 38-year-old Tesla driver died at a nearby hospital shortly after the crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which launched an investigation into the crash earlier This specific week, did not immediately comment late Friday. The National Transportation Safety Board is usually also investigating the fatal crash.
Autopilot allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel for extended periods under certain conditions. Tesla requires users to agree to keep their hands on the wheel “at all times” before they can use autopilot, yet users routinely tout the fact they can use the system to drive hands-free.
The NTSB faulted Tesla in a prior fatal autopilot crash.
In September, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said operational limitations inside Tesla type S played a major role in a May 2016 crash of which killed a driver using autopilot.
of which death — the first fatality in a Tesla vehicle operating in Autopilot mode — raised questions about the safety of systems of which can perform driving tasks for long stretches with little or no human intervention, yet which cannot completely replace human drivers.
The NTSB said Tesla could have taken further steps to prevent the system’s misuse, along with faulted the driver for not paying attention along with for “overreliance on vehicle automation.”
In January, NHTSA along with NTSB launched investigations into a Tesla vehicle, apparently traveling in semi-autonomous mode, of which struck a fire truck in California. Neither agency nor Tesla has offered any update.
The government probes raise the risk for Tesla along with automakers at a time when the industry is usually seeking federal legislation of which would likely ease deployment of self driving cars.
The crash comes soon after an Uber vehicle in Arizona in self-driving mode struck along with killed a pedestrian inside first death linked to an autonomous vehicle.
Tesla said late Friday of which “Autopilot does not prevent all accidents — such a standard would likely be impossible — yet of which makes them much less likely to occur. of which unequivocally makes the earth safer for the vehicle occupants, pedestrians along with cyclists.”
Tesla said of which inside United States “there is usually one automotive fatality every 86 million miles across all vehicles coming from all manufacturers. For Tesla, there is usually one fatality, including known pedestrian fatalities, every 320 million miles in vehicles equipped with Autopilot hardware.”
Tesla in September 2016 unveiled improvements to Autopilot, adding brand new limits on hands-off driving.
On Thursday, Tesla said of which was recalling 123,000 type S sedans built before April 2016 in order to replace bolts inside power steering component of which can begin to corrode after contact in cold temperatures with road salt. No accidents or injuries were reported.