Tesla Model X in autopilot mode when it crashed, regulator says

A Tesla Model X Model S crashed in Texas on 26 September, and investigators concluded the Model X was in autopilot mode when it hit a truck, but that the Autopilot feature was not actively engaged during the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement on Saturday.

The car was engaged in Autopilot, NTSB said, but it was not in “autosteer, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, collision mitigation, or radar cruise control”, the official agency said. Autosteer in the model X allows the car to steer and change lanes.

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Although the driver did not use Autopilot as directed by the vehicle’s owner’s manual, the driver was not using the system to drive at speeds in excess of 71mph, the minimum posted speed requirement for the car’s self-driving mode, the NTSB said.

During the crash, the Tesla’s “main roadway control” was active when the car “violated a travel restriction of 41mph”, NTSB said.

The NTSB said on Saturday that the crash involved a semi-truck truck, but did not provide more details about the crash.

It said the Tesla vehicle involved in the crash was traveling in West Dallas, Texas, at about 53mph when it hit the truck. The crash occurred at about 7pm local time.

Tesla sent a statement to the New York Times on Saturday and said “safety has always been our top priority” and that the company shared the NTSB’s preliminary conclusions. “We are committed to keeping our drivers safe and we will continue to support this important investigation,” the statement said.

The NTSB has the power to investigate crashes and recommend changes to industry safety standards, but it has very limited authority over companies. The agency is awaiting recommendations from the Department of Transportation’s department of motor vehicles to increase the federal government’s oversight of self-driving vehicles.

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