A man killed in a crash last year while using the semi-autonomous driving system on his Tesla Model S sedan kept his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time despite repeated automated warnings not to do so, a U.S. government report said on Monday

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released 500 pages of findings into the May 2016 death of Joshua Brown, a former Navy SEAL, near Williston, Florida. Brown’s Model S collided with a truck while it was engaged in the “Autopilot” mode and he was killed.

A Tesla spokeswoman Tesla spokeswoman Keely Sulprizio declined to comment on the NTSB report. In 2016, the company said Autopilot “does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility,” however.

Brown family lawyer Jack Landskroner said in an email the NTSB’s findings should put to rest previous media reports that Brown was watching a movie at the time of the crash, which he called “unequivocally false.”

He added that the family has not taken any legal action against Tesla and was still reviewing the NTSB report.

The incident raised questions about the safety of systems that can perform driving tasks for long stretches with little or no human intervention, but which cannot completely replace human …read more

Source:: Fortune.com – Tech

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