Investigation into Self-Driving Car Crash in Florida

The federal government has finished its investigation into a 2019 car crash involving a Tesla on autopilot.

The report, by the National Transportation and Safety Board, reaches the following conclusions:

  • the design of the Autopilot system contributed to the crash because it allowed the Tesla driver to avoid paying attention
  • Tesla also failed to limit where Autopilot can be used, allowing drivers to activate it in areas it wasn’t designed to be used
  • the government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration failed to make sure automakers put safeguards in place to limit use of electronic driving systems to areas where they are designed to work
  • the drivers of both vehicles were also at fault.