1st self-driving car crash death reported involves Tesla S
WILLISTON, Fla. - Officials have confirmed the first self-driving car death involving a Tesla S sports car where the driver was using autopilot.
"What we know is that the vehicle was on a divided highway with Autopilot engaged when a tractor trailer drove across the highway perpendicular to the Model S," Tesla said in a statement.
The fatal crash occurred on May 7 in Williston, Florida. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says preliminary reports indicate the crash occurred when a tractor-trailer rig made a left turn in front of the Tesla at a highway intersection.
"Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied," the statement said.
The Model S went under the trailer, "impacting the windshield," according to the statement.
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