Tesla reveals the driver killed in a Model X crash was traveling with Autopilot engaged, received 'several' automated warnings before the collision

Tesla reveals the driver killed in a Model X crash was traveling with Autopilot engaged, received 'several' automated warnings before the collision

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  • A Tesla Model X destroyed in a fiery crash that also killed the driver had been operating on Autopilot moments before the collision, Tesla announced on Friday night, citing information collected from vehicle logs.
  • The company said the driver had set a distance-control feature that determines how much space the Model X keeps between itself and other vehicles to the "minimum" setting.
  • Tesla also asserts that the driver had received "several visual and one audible hands-on warning," and didn't have their hands on the wheel "six seconds prior to the collision."

Tesla revealed new information about a collision involving a Model X, in which the driver of the electric SUV was killed.
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The company said in a blog post on Friday night that the Model X had been operating on Autopilot, its semi-autonomous driving system, before the crash, according to data obtained from onboard vehicle logs. The driver had also set a distance-control feature that determines how much space the Model X keeps between itself and other vehicles to the "minimum" setting.
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According to Tesla, the driver had received "several visual and one audible hands-on warning" during the drive, and did not have their hands on the wheel "six seconds prior to the collision."The Model X slammed into a highway barrier in the Northern California city of Mountain View on March 23. The driver later died at a hospital.
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Tesla said 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."
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating. Two other vehicles were involved in the collision.

It was the second collision involving a Tesla operating on Autopilot so far this year. The NTSB was also looking into a Model S sedan that collided with a fire truck in the Los Angeles suburb of Culver City in January.Tesla has said that "Autopilot is not a fully self-driving technology and drivers need to remain attentive at all times." The Autopilot system is designed to warn drivers whenever it detects that the driver's hands are not on the wheel. The severity of those warnings gradually escalate if the driver does not respond, and eventually deactivates itself.
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