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U.S. safety agency cites driver error, the Tesla’s auto-pilot design in the crash report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Wednesday, the cited driver error and the Rate of Inc. ‘ s auto-pilot design, as well as the probable cause of the January 2018, with the crash of a Model S into a parked fire truck on a highway in California, usa.

FILE PHOTO: a Tesla Model S with version 7.0, the software updated with the auto-pilot functions, was shown at a Tesla event in Palo Alto, California, USA, October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

The Dutch safety board, which had previously been criticism of Tesla’s driver assistance system, an automatic pilot after 2016 to be in a fatal crash in Florida, he said that the system is in the design of the ‘ origin of the driver from the driving task,” in the Culver City, Calif., crash. The NTSB said on Tuesday that the auto-pilot, the driver, to get his hands on the steering wheel for the vast majority of the nearly 14 minutes of the journey.

The truck was unoccupied and the driver was not injured in the incident. The NTSB cited the driver, “overconfidence and overreliance on the” advanced driver assistance system (cms).

Tesla’s auto-pilot was switched on for a period of at least three of the fatal

The AMERICAN types of crashes, including one involving a 2018 Model 3 in Delray Beach, Fla., and crashed into the Mountain View, Calif., a Model of X. in the Two incidents, which occurred in March, 2018, remain under investigation by the national transportation safety board, which is the safety and security of its recommendations, as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to recall, if the court is satisfied that the absence represents an unacceptable risk to the safety and security.

Tesla said in a statement via e-mail, since that is the end of 2018, crash, “we have made updates to the system, including adjusting the setting of the time intervals between the hands-on, alerts to, and under what conditions they are activated.”

The company added that Tesla owners have driven billions of miles with the automatic pilot is engaged and he says its data shows that of the drivers using the auto-pilot to continue to a safer than the ones without any help.”

The crash of the questions about its driver-assistance systems have the ability to detect the hazard, and led to concerns about the safety of the systems in which you can use to perform the driving tasks for long stretches of time with little or no human intervention, but does not completely replace a human driver.

After the disastrous 2016, and Florida crashes, the NTSB asked the six automakers with advanced driver assistance systems (Tesla,, Volkswagen AG, VOWG_p.DE), BMW AG, Nissan Motor Co., Mercedes-benz, and Volvo, the Car has to “develop more effectively the purposes of the driver’s level of commitment and involvement, and to warn the driver when the commitment is lacking, while the automated vehicle control systems that are in use.”

“All of the manufacturers except Tesla will have to respond to the NTSB’s interpretation of their current systems, and their efforts to reduce the abuse and to keep the drivers busy,” the NTSB said.

While Tesla drivers will tell you that they are in a position to prevent the steering wheel for long periods of time during the operation of the auto-pilot, Tesla advises drivers to take their hands off the wheel or your focus from the use of the system.

The 2014 Model S, autopilot system has been working continuously for the past 13 minutes, 48 seconds of the January 2018, with the journey and the driver had his hands on the steering wheel, for all of 51 seconds on the final drive segment, and has received many warnings of his hands back on the wheel, the NTSB said. He Had his attention, “he could have taken evasive action to avoid or mitigate the impact.”

Reports David Shepardson in Washington; Editing by Matthew Lewis

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