After the tragedy, when the driver of the Tesla Model S was killed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated this fatal incident. An Administration announced the driver was watching “Harry Potter” while driving his Tesla on Autopilot mode.
The fatal crash of Tesla car led to the death of a driver. According to the statement of the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 40-years-old driver watched “Harry Potter”, being turned on the Autopilot.
The authorities reported that they investigated the design and performance of the Autopilot system, and found nothing unusual. The killed driver became the first person to die in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode.
Tesla Motors’s representative assured that there is no technical possibility to watch videos on the Model S touch screen. There was no reference to the movie in initial police reports, too.
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Joshua D. Brown, a 40-years-old driver of Tesla Model S, was killed as a result of traffic incident on May, 7. The Autopilot system and the indicators of a car failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer from a brightly lit sky. Thus, Autopilot didn’t automatically activate its brakes.