Tesla driver dies in first fatal crash while using autopilot mode | Technology | The Guardian

The autopilot sensors on the Model S failed to distinguish a white tractor-trailer crossing the highway against a bright sky

The first known death caused by a self-driving car was disclosed by Tesla Motors on Thursday evening, a development that is sure to cause consumers to second-guess the trust they put in the booming autonomous vehicle industry.

The 7 May accident occurred in Williston, Florida, after the driver, Joshua Brown, 40, of Ohio put his Model S into Tesla’s autopilot mode, which is able to control the car during highway driving.

Against a bright spring sky, the car’s sensors system failed to distinguish a large white 18-wheel truck and trailer crossing the highway, Tesla said. The car attempted to drive full speed under the trailer, “with the bottom of the trailer impacting the windshield of the Model S”, Tesla said in a blog post.

Source: Tesla driver dies in first fatal crash while using autopilot mode | Technology | The Guardian

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