Despite an accident where a Tesla car drove into the back of a truck on autopilot, killing the driver of the Tesla car, the company will not have to recall its cars.
Tesla has been exonerated following a six month, high-profile investigation into the accident. Concerns mounted when it emerged the vehicle were using “Autopilot” software which allows the car to drive almost autonomously.
The U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it could not find any evidence of a defect. As a result, Tesla does not have to issue a product recall.
In May 7th 2015 Joshua Brown from Ohio was driving a Tesla Model S and was killed when his car collided with a truck while operating in “Autopilot” mode. Since then the software and Tesla have been under scrutiny.
Videos on Youtube showed drivers involved in close calls while driving Tesla cars operating on “Autopilot.”
The investigation prompted calls for regulators to oversee developments in this aspect of vehicle technology. Other car manufacturers kept a close eye on the investigation as many are developing their own brand of self driving car.
Jack Landskroner, the lawyer for the Brown family said the family plans to evaluate all the information “before making any decisions or taking any position on these matters.”
74 mph in a 65 mph zone
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board which is also investigating the crash said the vehicle was travelling at 74 mph in a 65 mph zone at the time of the accident.
It said, he “should have been able to take some action before the crash, like braking, steering or attempting to avoid the vehicle. He took none of those actions.”
Recently, Tesla introduced added safety measures into the “Autopilot” software following concerns it was lulling drivers into a false sense of security. The newer system will not kick in if drivers do not respond to audible warnings to take back control of the car.