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Blog NTSB to Vote Next Month on Cause of Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash

Discussion in 'Tesla' started by TMC Staff, Aug 23, 2017.

  1. TMC Staff

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    A meeting will be held next month by the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the probable cause of a fatal Tesla crash last year near Williston, Florida. One person was killed when a 2015 Tesla Model S collided with a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia semitractor-trailer on US Highway 27A. The Tesla’s Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and...
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  2. Rick Duva

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    Maybe the NTSB should investigate every crash then.
     
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    NHTSA investigated this crash and reported its findings last May. I wonder why this is being done again, by another agency - seems redundant. But then, it is the government. (What happens if NTSB reaches a different conclusion than the NHSTA?) I suppose, since a truck was involved, we could also call for yet another investigation, as a tie-breaker, by the FMCSA. Oops, they already did an investigation. That's three.
     
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    Mods: It's kind of a bummer seeing Josh Brown's destroyed Tesla front and center on TMC:(
     
  5. Dr. J

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    According to the Wired article: "NHTSA's goal wasn't to find the exact cause of the crash (that's up to the National Transportation Safety Board, which is running its own inquiry), but to root out any problems or defects with Tesla's Autopilot hardware and software."

    Who knew.
     
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    I sniff oil and ICE-lobby involvement . . .
     
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    Procedures, steps, fact finding are parts of NTSB more in concert with ships, trains, planes than cars and buses. Anyone paying attention when driving knows drivers take chances, more often than not subconsciously, as part of habit patterns. Many depend on the other driver to participate in the avoidance of a crash. To drive at 74 mph over 100 ft per second requires a long distance scan. With human reaction of 1/2 to 1 second before taking action stopping or slowing or avoidance requires 250 to 400 feet. Simply stated, the truck driver did not wait! Autopilot or not; driver paying attention or not; the crash was unavoidable due to the truck driver's actions. If the Tesla driver had been at or below the speed limit and IF he had anticipated the worse case scenario of the truck pulling out, perhaps the crash would have been less serious by slowing down! Other similar crashes happen in the US by the hour. Is the car made the causative factor? Of course not! Each time someone merges to an Interstate the Yield sign is ignored and the driver in the inside lane must: slow down, change lanes or whatever to avoid a crash. Merging traffic seldom use a turn signal and seem to have the right of way! This is no different. Clearly, driving "blind," speeding and with the expectation that other drivers will do the right thing, while common, is incorrect! From what I know, this was unavoidable when the truck driver made his choice.
     
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    favo Model 3 Reservation Holder

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    And let's not forget the poor road design: high speed, with limited visibility and no traffic light at the intersection. Plus, side guards to prevent underride are not required on the trailer. Don't want those pesky safety regulations to interfere with our ability to die a preventable death.

    IIHS tests show benefits of side underride guards for semitrailers
     
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