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Tesla Driver in Crash: 'I Think I Had Autopilot On'

It is unclear whether Autopilot was activated

(Newser) - A Tesla driver who said he thought his car was in Autopilot mode crashed into the back of a firetruck in San Jose early Saturday. The California Highway Patrol says the Tesla rear-ended a fire engine that was stopped with its emergency lights activated along US-101 around 1am. The 37-year-old... More »

Elon Musk: Report on Tesla Safeguards 'Ridiculous'

Sources tell 'WSJ' Musk, other execs rejected safeguards due to cost, ineffectiveness

(Newser) - Despite recently suggesting driver complacency is to blame for serious crashes involving Tesla's Autopilot feature, Elon Musk has long rejected additional safeguards that could help keep drivers' eyes on the road, the Wall Street Journal reports. Discussed before and after Tesla's Autopilot vehicles hit the market—particularly after... More »

Tesla Crash Leaves Cops With One Big Question

A Tesla sedan rear-ended a fire department truck at 60mph

(Newser) - A Tesla sedan with a semi-autonomous autopilot feature rear-ended a fire department truck at 60mph apparently without braking before impact, but police say it's unknown if the autopilot feature was engaged. The cause of the Friday evening crash, involving a Tesla Model S and a fire department mechanic... More »

Tesla Driver's Stunt Costs Him His License

The M1 driver was filmed sitting in his passenger seat

(Newser) - A UK man has been banned from driving after he pleaded guilty to switching from the driver's seat to the passenger seat of his vehicle as it traveled down a highway at 40mph. Per the BBC , Bhavesh Patel was behind the wheel of his Tesla on England's M1... More »

'Safety' Feature in Self-Driving Cars Was Actually 'Pretty Scary'

Waymo thought letting passengers take over controls would be safer—but it wasn't

(Newser) - When Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car division that started in 2009 as a Google initiative, decided to offer an autopilot "out" for passengers—meaning they could take over the vehicle's controls if a dangerous situation arose—it seemed like a practical and needed feature. But the company's... More »

Tesla Driver Got 7 Warnings Before Fatal Self-Driving Crash

NTSB says he didn't take the wheel when instructed before collision

(Newser) - The government has released its report on the first-ever fatal self-driving car accident, and it shows that human involvement is required even when using the technology of the future. Last May, Joshua Brown collided with a left-turning truck on a divided highway near Williston, Fla., while his Tesla Model S... More »

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