Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), criticized Tesla and unnamed “government regulators” for jeopardizing traffic safety by not taking measures to prevent “foreseeable abuse” of Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assist feature. The Los Angeles Times
(25 February, Mitchell) notes Sumwalt cited a March 2019 fatal crash of a Tesla Model X that killed the driver, Walter Huang. Huang had Autopilot engaged and crashed into a safety barrier while playing a video game on his Apple smartphone, Sumwalt said. “Government regulators have provided scant oversight” of Autopilot and self-drive systems from other manufacturers, Sumwalt said. He apparently was referring to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which, unlike the NTSB, has enforcement power and can recall defective cars with defective automotive technology. In 2017, the NTSB recommended that automakers design driver-assist systems to prevent human driver inattention and misuse. Automakers including Volkswagen, Nissan, and BMW reported on their attempts to meet the recommendations, but Tesla never got back to the NTSB. “Sadly, one manufacturer has ignored us, and that manufacturer is Tesla,” Sumwalt said Tuesday. “We’ve heard nothing, we’re still waiting.”
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