Firefighters said the Tesla driver claimed the auto was on Autopilot - a feature that gives "full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver", as the company explains on its website. Amazingly there were no injuries!
Tesla plans for its autopilot system to one day be truly autonomous - meaning drivers can expect their Tesla to be fully self-driving, like a chauffeur. The company claims it's tried to educate drivers on how to safely operate the system, but critics have pointed out that many owners still don't understand how truly limited Autopilot really is. The Super Cruise system uses a small dash-mounted camera to track a drivers head and ensure that they are paying attention to the road. While evidence revealed the Tesla driver was not attentive to the driving task, investigators could not determine from available evidence the reason for his inattention.
It also announced that it hoped to deploy test vehicles with no steering wheel or pedals as soon as next year. The agency said the Autopilot system operated as designed but did not ensure drivers paid adequate attention. Tesla's "autopilot" is not fully autonomous driving, though it can look like it for short stretches and under specific conditions. At the time, the NTSB criticised Tesla amongst other auto makers for measuring driver awareness by tracking steering wheel movement.
Notably, the safety board also said the Tesla driver's over reliance on the Autopilot system could also be seen as a "probable cause" of the collision.
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No one was hurt, but the accident is being investigated by a team from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says a driver was found passed out in his Tesla with a very high blood alcohol content on San Francisco's Bay Bridge on Friday.
The Tesla driver's pattern of use of the Autopilot system indicated an over-reliance on the automation and a lack of understanding of the system limitations.
According to Tesla, the Model S' "autopilot capabilities [are] created to make your highway driving not only safer, but stress free".