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Blog NTSB Says Tesla Was Dropped From Crash Investigation For Releasing Details

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  1. Graffi

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    Very interesting in how few Auto crashes are looked at, almost none. Makes you wonder.

    Thanks for the links @Brando.
     
  2. Brando

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    Seriously, ~8 years ago and we still have foot dragging going on ??
    So sad to read this from the Executive Summary of this report
    https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/AAR1801.pdf

     
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  3. Brando

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    Just in case you missed this update which happened today, see OP at start of this thread.
     
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    How would it be a major hit on Tesla? The NTSB is an advisory agency. Here is an excerpt from their https://www.ntsb.gov/about/pages/default.aspx website.

    "The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent Federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in other modes of transportation – railroad, highway, marine and pipeline. The NTSB determines the probable cause of the accidents and issues safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents. In addition, the NTSB carries out special studies concerning transportation safety and coordinates the resources of the Federal Government and other organizations to provide assistance to victims and their family members impacted by major transportation disasters."

    I would like to emphasize the final part of the last sentence - "to provide assistance to victims and their family members impacted by major transportation disasters."

    This claim of the NTSB Mission describes a wrong that produces victim(s). It is also a potentially wide ranging assignment to address a much larger transportation safety space that includes future victims of similar circumstances which is the one reason their investigations move so slow.

    In my opinion the NTSB is moving into safety territory they are ill equipped to handle. The NTSB has for decades investigated major transportation accidents caused by either transportation equipment failure or transportation employee failure. I repeat the NTSB is ill equipped to diagnose the reason(s) for a non professional persons failure to properly use transportation assisting technology such as the Tesla Autopilot system.
     
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  5. SMAlset

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    #25 SMAlset, Apr 13, 2018
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    "CBS This Morning" aired Gayle King's last segment of her interview with Elon (earlier this morning that segment was a tour of the Model 3 production line). They briefly talked about the NTSB report and he takes her for a ride in a Model 3. Not to double post, you can find the video here in the Model 3 forum area.
     
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    Typical Tesla acting like a petulant child when they don't get everything their way.

    In previous incidents Tesla couldn't wait to get the news out there that Autopilot was not active - "not our fault, so sorry for your loss, nothing to see here".

    For this one, it took them a few days to get their narrative out there. It must have taken them quite a while to figure out how to spin the narrative to try and deflect attention away from the fact that AP was on in this accident and to try and lump the blame on everyone else.

    This will not end well for Tesla.
     
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  7. jelloslug

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    Why is Tesla not allowed to defend themselves?
     
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  8. mongo

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    Disagree, Tesla released the fact that AP was active very soon after the crash. They could have use the NTSB party agreement as a reason to not release anything.
     
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    1. It took them MUCH, MUCH longer to release this information than they do when Autopilot is off (AP off = we know within hours. This one took them days whilst they worked out their spin).

    2. Tesla getting the fact that AP was ON out there is in Tesla's best interest as they can spin the narrative.
    Tesla worked exceptionally hard to blame the driver for this accident in their press releases. "AP was on, but the driver was a bad driver"
    If the NTSB released something, it would have been purely factual "AP was on". That would be bad for Tesla.
     
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    #30 SMAlset, Apr 13, 2018
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    Don't agree with your assessment and don't think he was in any way acting like a child. He believes in the car and the technology. I also don't see anything wrong with eliminating or including the use of AP as a fact of any accident early on. If people are going to speculate for themselves I find it better to do so with grounded facts.

    Let's face it if you were following the accident thread since time of the accident you'd know we all spotted the line markings, crash barrier issues within the first day or two. Everyone wanted to know if AP was turned on. I'm sure Tesla could say more about the specifics from the data standpoint but am sure what few things they reported are in evidence from the data and it's hard for anyone to understand how an attentive driver could not have seen the barrier fast approaching and done something to avoid it. From a safety standpoint, I think some AP drivers who haven't taken the AP cautions and warnings as seriously as they should and have been more casual about it's use saw why they should be more attentive. The driver went past that spot daily to work and it didn't always react that way. Whatever caused the car to take that path that day (AP or driver's situation) we may not know but we do know it's not a full proof system and it does most definitely need the driver's input at all times still.

    Yes, we all want to know more and eventually will get it. Tesla isn't the first company to be out of an NTSB investigation and doubt they will be the last. As drivers of Teslas we all have an immediate interest in what transpired.
     
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    By work out their spin, you mean recover the APE module from a badly crash damaged car, as opposed to the accidents where the car and its logs is still remotely accessible?
     
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  12. mongo

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    1) No other crash resulted in the MCU being physically separated form the car. Others still had the ability to be connected to remotely (or at least more easily locally). The investigation also takes longer if AP is on due to looking at the AP data. An AP off case stops at the off. Total time was less than one week from crash to data.

    2. What spin is there (better discussion for the101 cash thread)? All the documentation warns that AP doesn't replace driver responsibility.
     
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  13. chillaban

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    Exactly. The logic was:
    (1) Autopilot requires an attentive driver
    (2) Attentive drivers do not drive 67mph into a barricade hundreds of feet in front of them in broad daylight without taking evasive action.

    If that's a spin, I don't think you're gonna like reading the "spins" in just about every NTSB report.
     
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  14. alcibiades

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    I think it is great that Tesla favors transparency when it suits them.
     
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  15. Az_Rael

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    I always wonder what the timeframes is for "off" in an "AP off" case. Was the AP off because a half second before impact the driver hit the brakes? So if Josh Brown had looked up and hit the brakes, but too late and was still killed, would that case become a non-AP related accident? I wonder if we still would have ended up with the nag changes if that was how that had gone down.
     
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    We actually did end up with nag changes because of that. "Mr. Ping" in Montana : [Updated] Tesla Model X crash in Montana blamed on Autopilot, again

    He recently disengaged AP and didn't realize it was off, and then just willingly let his car plow into a bunch of wooden stakes when it departed the road. As a result of that, we now have that annoying "TAKE OVER IMMEDIATELY VEHICLE DEPARTING LANE" alert when you disengage AP and then slowly try to make a lane change.

    If common sense has to be encoded in warnings, before long these cars are gonna turn into Airbuses with a fault management computer and thousands of alerts.
     
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    That is an interesting question. I would hope Tesla would mention the AP state prior to recorded intervention/ disengagement (time limited of course). In the firetruck crash, Tesla did not deny the driver's assertion that AP was on before he hit the brakes, but I also do not see if they validated the driver's statement.
     
  18. Az_Rael

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    Interesting. I haven't encountered that warning so I didn't know it was there. (I always use my blinkers though, so maybe that is why I haven't seen it before)
     
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    Well, considering the NTSB is investigating that crash, Tesla may be complying with the rules about non-disclosure. No safety issues there for us to be aware of I am sure or they would have broken the agreement in the name of public safety... :rolleyes:
     
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  20. mongo

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    So we'll have an answer to what they say about AP in 12 month maybe 24 months definitely ;)
     
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