Tesla Model S driver killed in crash with Autopilot active

A Tesla Model S was involved in a fatal accident in the United States , the first crash of its kind known where the car was on autopilot.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

A Tesla Model S was involved in a fatal accident in the United States , the first of its kind known where the car was on autopilot . Information company announced in a blog post road and urged the US to start an investigation , reports The Verge. The driver who died in Tesla electric car, during some tests in May , was looking when the accident occurred, a “Harry Potter” movie.

The statement was made by the truck driver that hit the Tesla Model S. Baressa Frank, aged 62, who was not injured in the accident, told AP that the electric car was moving at a very high speed.

According to him, the film was still running after the accident. The driver said he did not see the images, but he heard only the sound, reports The Guardian.

Police in Florida told Reuters that in the Tesla there was a portable DVD player. The accident in which Joshua Brown died, aged 40, occurred when the electric car was on autopilot on a highway in Florida.

The tragic event took place on May 7. A truck turned left in front of the car that Tesla reminds NPR.org.

Neither the autopilot or the driver didn’t detect the maneuver made by the truck driver and therefore neither one braked so that the two vehicles collided.

In this case, this is the first fatal accident that occurs during the test, when the car was on autopilot, opened an investigation. Even if such an incident is “a disaster” for companies producing cars, Tesla shares haven’t fallen by 1%.

Elon Musk’s company said it’s first fatal accident occurred in the roughly 200 million kilometers traveled by vehicles equipped with cruise control.

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