Gov Agency Unhappy Tesla Released Details About Latest Autopilot Crash

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) aren’t too happy that Tesla has disclosed details about a fatal Model X crash that occurred on March 23.

On Friday, Tesla revealed that the Model X being driven by Wei Huang, 38, was operating in Autopilot mode when it slammed into a highway barrier and caught fire. The electric automaker revealed that its computer logs said the driver didn’t have his hands on the steering wheel for six seconds before the fatal impact.

According to the NTSB, however, Tesla acted preemptively by publicizing details about the crash while official investigations are still ongoing.

In a statement, NTSB spokesman Christopher O’Neil, “The NTSB is unhappy with the release of investigative information by Tesla.

“The NTSB is looking into all aspects of this crash including the driver’s previous concerns about the Autopilot.”

Tesla may have jumped the gun

Traditionally, the NTSB guards its investigations very closely and usually has rules about when participants can release information. Legal agreements between the parties involved are usually in place.

Automotive News reports that in the past, the NTSB has thrown manufacturers off of investigations when they make unauthorized statements, like that made by Tesla.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also investigating the crash.

In a previous investigation after a fatal Model S crash in mid-2016, the NTSB said that Tesla should have taken steps to prevent the misuse of Autopilot.

 

  • Jason Miller

    As far as I am concerned, Tesla specifically states that you keep your hands on the wheel and pay attention to the road. The guy had his hands off the wheel, ignored the warnings and obviously wasn’t watching the road. Two deaths this year from autonomous driving, and how many without it? Hundreds? Thousands? Deaths are never OK no matter who is driving but I feel like this is being blown out of proportion.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      You’re blatantly comparing apples to oranges which vitiates your argument/point. Perhaps if half the automobiles in the US had KamikazePilot technology, and half didn’t, your argument would have standing. But currently 99.9% of automobiles DO NOT HAVE KAMIKAZEPILOT.

      • Jason Miller

        Exactly, and many more people are dying without it. Which is my point. People are making a huge deal out of this only because it’s “autopilot” and in the public’s eyes that means it should be perfect. It’s not. Tesla knows this, and that’s why they warn owners. Unfortunately some owners are not listening to those warnings and they are paying the price.

        • Dr Strangefingger

          And u have successfully given yet another example of class A idiocy. Thank you.

          • Jason Miller

            Why, because I have a brain and can see what really happened?

        • dawyer

          a new product supposed to be set highest standard before release to market especially it relate people’s safety and life. what If you put this idea on medical? Sacrifices some people for the majority and maybe those people is stupid but they is Not voluntary deserve to die!

          • Jason Miller

            Well we have warning labels for a reason. This is just another one of those instances.

      • Julien Lachemoi

        Calling it kamikazepilot tells us you’re very biased about it.

        • Dr Strangefingger

          Your defense of such a system promotes you to Tesla Fanboi Sr. Congrats on defending somrting you had no part in. Smart

          • Status

            Not quite. You can be in favour of autonomous technologies AND not be fan of Tesla or its related subsidiaries. The two ideas aren’t mutually exclusive.

            There are loads of other companies that are developing autonomous driving technology, some are more ‘publicly identifiable’ than others.

          • Julien Lachemoi

            What defense ? You didn’t see me say a single word from or against Tesla’s autopilot.
            I don’t own a Tesla and don’t want one, and I’m quite happy driving my own cars.

  • Bash

    Because we live in a twisted world..

  • dawyer

    a new product supposed to be set highest standard before release to market especially it relate people’s safety and life. what If you put this idea on medical? will be Unethical. Sacrifices some people for the majority and maybe those people is stupid but they is Not voluntary deserve to die!