The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has completed an investigation into a fatal accident with Tesla Model 3, which took place in Florida on March 1. Investigators concluded that at the time of the accident with the electric vehicle the driver assistance system, the automatic pilot, was activated.
The accident occurred on a highway near the town of Delray Beach (Palm Beach County, Florida) at the intersection with a secondary road. When Tesla approaches the intersection, the highway crosses a tractor with a trailer. The truck slowed and blocked traffic on the highway, but Tesla, in which driver Jeremy Benner was seated, did not brake, did not attempt to perform a maneuver to prevent a collision, and bumped into a trailer. During the investigation, the NTSB discovered that the driver turned on the autopilot system 10 seconds before the accident and released the wheel in less than 8 seconds. Tesla while driving at a speed of 110 km / h. As a result of the collision, Model 3 simply cut off the roof, the driver died on the spot and the car itself drove half a mile before stopping.
This accident is very similar to another accident in Florida with a Tesla car that took place in May 2016. Then the car Tesla S, which was in autopilot mode, collided with a car running at an intersection. Neither the autopilot nor the driver saw the white part of the truck in the brightly lit sky and therefore failed to slow down. In total, the current accident was already the fourth for Tesla cars with autopilot on.