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The autopilot accident which caused the death of 38-year-old Apple engineer Mr Walter Huang has many Tesla car owners worried (see related coverage).
Even though they at first dismissed the claims that Mr Huang had called the garage several times to report the problem, after reviewing the data logs of the specific vehicle involved in the crash last week Tesla did confirm that Mr Huang’s car was on Autopilot and released a statement explaining the last moments before the impact:
“In the moments before the collision, which occurred at 9:27 a.m. on Friday, March 23rd, Autopilot was engaged with the adaptive cruise control follow-distance set to minimum. The driver had received several visual and one audible hands-on warning earlier in the drive and the driver’s hands were not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the collision.”
“The driver had about five seconds and 150 meters of unobstructed view of the concrete divider with the crushed crash attenuator, but the vehicle logs show that no action was taken.”
Over the weekend, another driver has taken his Tesla Model S over to a similar piece of road in Indiana and filmed what happened when you leave the autopilot switched on, making for some gruesome watching at the end as the car indeed veers directly towards the concrete divider
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Lastly, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board stated it’s apparent ‘unhappiness’ about the electrical car maker’s public information released on Friday evening.
NTSB spokesman Mr Chris O'Neil explained the agency "needs the cooperation of Tesla to decode the data the vehicle recorded."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Federal investigators 'unhappy' Tesla revealed crash details <a href="https://t.co/xSflXRHjXg">https://t.co/xSflXRHjXg</a></p>— Engadget (@engadget) <a href="https://twitter.com/engadget/status/980774254324133888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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"In each of our investigations involving a Tesla vehicle, Tesla has been extremely cooperative on assisting with the vehicle data.”
"However, the NTSB is unhappy with the release of investigative information by Tesla."