About a year and a half ago, it was reported that Tesla Model S involved a fatal accident on a tractor trailer during autopilot ordering. NHTSA ultimately decided that the autopilot was not blaming the crash, but the incident was indeed an unfortunate reminder that Tesla was not real autonomy. Sadly, not all shipowners have learned this lesson, as a shipwreck earlier this week eventually led to the attention of the National Transportation Safety Board.
According to firefighters in Culver City, California, the accident occurred on Monday morning when a Tesla S model on an autopilot crashed into a parked firetruck at a speed of 65mph. Fortunately, no one was injured, but according to their Twitter official sources, firefighters on the scene were barely hit. To make matters worse, Bloomberg reported that the truck stopped in an emergency lane to cope with the earlier collapse.
Today, Bloomberg reports that the NTSB has decided to investigate the sinking incident. Two investigators are expected to arrive in the area on Wednesday and will focus their investigations on drivers and the vehicles themselves. Their findings may pay less attention to the autopilot itself, but to becoming part of a bigger investigation into the bigger safety issue with semi-autonomous driving systems.
In the past, the NTSB test found that Tesla’s autopilot system “avoided most of the back-end collisions” but the NHTSA decided the autopilot was not responsible for the 2016 fatal accident, which NTSB considered a contributing factor.
Currently, no NTSB investigators will reveal anything, but even if they find the autopilot does not contribute to the shipwreck, it’s still a good reminder or what it is, no matter how high your cruise control is.