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Tesla driver killed in crash with Autopilot active

Tesla driver killed in crash with Autopilot active, NHTSA investigating
A Tesla Model S with the Autopilot system activated has met in a fatal crash. This is the first known fatality in a Tesla where Autopilot was active. The news about the crash was revealed by the company in a blog post saying that the incident has been reported to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is now investigating it.
The accident occurred on May 7th in Williston, Florida with a 40-year-old Ohio resident Joshua Brown driving. The truck driver was not injured. The accident occurred on a divided highway in central Florida when a tractor trailer drove across the highway perpendicular to the Model S. According to Tesla, neither the driver, nor the car, noticed the big rig “against a brightly lit sky”, which caused the crash.
As far as the incident is concerned, Tesla holds the driver responsible. In a tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the vehicle’s radar didn’t help in this case because it “tunes out what looks like an overhead road sign to avoid false braking events.” The NHTSA investigation, Tesla says, is a “preliminary evaluation” to determine if the Autopilot system was working properly, which can be a precursor to a safety action like a recall.