The national traffic safety board is unhappy with Tesla releasing findings in another crash involving a vehicle being operated in a semi-autonomous fashion.
Tesla has taken steps to try to defend itself in the latest incident, noting that the vehicle had a damaged component from a prior crash that the owner did not repair.
This crash comes amidst crashes by an autonomous Uber vehicle in Arizona and prior fatal crashes where the Tesla autopilot system, including one here in Florida.
Unfortunately, we are seeing time and again that the technology isn’t where it needs to be yet for these vehicles to have fully autonomous or even semi-autonomous driving.
Tesla announced late Friday that the Tesla Model X had its semiautonomous “Autopilot” mode activated moments before it slammed into a highway barrier on U.S. 101 in California on March 23, killing driver Walter Huang, 38.
In the lead-up to the crash, shortly before 9:30 a.m., “Autopilot was engaged with the adaptive cruise control follow-distance set to minimum,” Tesla said in a blog post on its website.