30 Jun '16, 10pm

#Tesla driver killed on 'autopilot' mode, US probe opened

#Tesla driver killed on 'autopilot' mode, US probe opened

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Tesla said on Thursday (June 30) a driver was killed while using its "autopilot" self-driving mechanism on its Model S electric car, leading to a federal safety investigation. Tesla said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had opened a "preliminary evaluation" into the performance of Autopilot after the electric car company notified the agency of the fatality. In a statement, Tesla said the fatality was "a tragic loss" and was the first such incident with its Autopilot system activated. "This is the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles (209 million km) where Autopilot was activated," the company said. "Among all vehicles in the US, there is a fatality every 94 million miles. Worldwide, there is a fatality approximately every 60 million miles," it said. "It is important to emphasise that the NHTSA action is simply a p...

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