Scene Of May 7th Tesla Model S Fatality (via ABC News/Bobby Vankavelaar)
Back in May, a Tesla Model S, with Autopilot activated, crashed into a semi-truck with devastating results. The driver, Joshua Brown, 40-year-old resident of Canton, Ohio, was killed as a result of the crash. Crash reports provide that the semi-truck driver slowed to make a left turn and that the Tesla Model S Autopilot software failed to detect the trailer, driving into and under the trailer. It was reported as the first known, fatal Tesla Autopilot crash.
Joshua Brown, victim of the fatal crash, posted multiple YouTube videos showing off the Autopilot technology
A Tesla blog post following the incident explained:
The Autopilot system failed to see "the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied."
The Florida Highway Patrol and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiated investigations. Two months later, the NHTSA mandated that Tesla would provide data related to the crash, by August 26.
Tesla missed the deadline and requested a one-week extension from the NHTSA. The organization allowed the extension and should have the data this week. The data is to include reports on any defects that Tesla is aware of, related to the Automatic Braking and Collision Warning features. Also, Tesla will provide information pertaining to what tests of the systems were performed, and future plans for fixing any known problems. The investigation has no deadline at this point.
Tesla maintains that it responded promptly to the initial information request and only applied for the extension when the NHTSA added the additional request. Due to the lack of new information, both organizations are at a standstill.
Source: Business Insider