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1st self-driving car crash death reported involves Tesla S

3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 June 30, 2016 10:25 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: ABC News

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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