On March 23, a Tesla Model X driver died after his vehicle drifted from its intended driving path and plowed into a concrete highway barrier. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced today that Tesla has been removed as a so-called "party" to the investigation, "because Tesla violated the party agreement by releasing investigative information before it was vetted and confirmed by the NTSB".
In a statement on March 30, Tesla confirmed that the semi-autonomous Autopilot system was operating at the time of the crash and seemed to blame the crash on Huang.
It's Tesla's responsibility to provide adequate safeguards against driver misuse of Autopilot, including by sending visual and audible warnings when the system needs a human to take back over, Chase said.
Teslas said it "will be making an official complaint to Congress" about the NTSB.
It is crucial that companies accurately outline limitations of automatic driving systems and the circumstances in which they can and cannot take over steering, braking, and lane-keeping, attorneys for the United States units of carmakers including Hyundai, Toyota, Volkswagen, and supplier company Continental said at a recent legal conference.
Two-and-a-half weeks since an Apple engineer died when his Tesla crashed on Autopilot, his family spoke out Tuesday night.
Neither Tesla nor NHTSA has released the underlying data to support the crash-rate reduction claim.
There was some back and forth between Tesla and the NTSB on why the electric vehicle maker was removed from the investigation and whether it had chosen to leave or not.
Removing a party to an investigation is rare but has happened in the past, according to the agency.
Tesla tells customers to keep their hands on the wheel.
This driver also has Autopilot engaged, and you can see that the road markings disappear, which cause the vehicle to veer to the left, putting it on a path to crash into the center barrier. If you are driving a Tesla equipped with Autopilot hardware, you are 3.7 times less likely to be involved in a fatal accident and this continues to improve.
The NTSB has three pending probes into Tesla crashes.
Tesla disputed the wording of the NTSB's statement. When I visited Tesla's headquarters for a Model S test drive previous year, the spokeswoman made a point of walking me through the various safety warnings a driver sees both before and during Autopilot use. "The driver had about five seconds and 150 meters of unobstructed view of the concrete divider with the crushed crash attenuator, but the vehicle logs show that no action was taken". In 2009, the NTSB revoked the party status of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association in the investigation of a midair collision over the Hudson River.