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Tesla and Apple criticized for mistakes that attributed a fatal Autopilot crash
The board says Tesla's crash-avoidance system was "not designed to, and did not, detect the crash attenuator".
The National Transportation Safety Board recently came out to criticize Apple, Tesla, and road safety regulators in a recent report following an investigation into the fatal crash that killed Apple software engineer Walter Huang.
Huang was driving his Tesla Model X P100D SUV with Autopilot drive assistance enabled when he crashed into a barrier on March 23, 2018 in Mountain View, California.
The NTSB found that Huang's vehicle crashed into a damaged safety barrier on US Highway 101 at 71mph after the vehicle's safety systems failed to detect the barrier and accelerated into it.
It said Huang didn't attempt to avoid slamming into the barrier, "most likely due to distraction" caused by the gaming app he was playing on his iPhone.
The board says Tesla's crash-avoidance system was "not designed to, and did not, detect the crash attenuator". Because of this, Autopilot accelerated the vehicle, and the vehicle failed to provide a crash alert and didn't activate emergency braking.
NTSB recommends that partial driving-automation systems must be able to effectively detect potential hazards and warn drivers of them to be safely deployed in high-speed environments.
It also criticizes the US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for taking a "nonregulatory approach" to systems like Autopilot.
Apple too comes under fire for failing to implement a policy for driving while using a company-issued iPhone.